Cathy Merry studied Biochemistry at the University of Manchester during which time she spent a year working for Amgen Inc. in California where she studied the glycosylation of EPO. She then started her PhD studies, working with Prof. John Gallagher at the Paterson Institute, Manchester. During her PhD, she developed a novel method for the sequence analysis of heparan sulphate and an ongoing passion for glycobiology.
After completing her PhD, she stayed with John’s group and, in collaboration with Prof. Austin Smith and Dr Val Wilson, learnt how to grow and study embryonic stem (ES) cells. In 2006 she moved to Materials Science to take up a lectureship and establish an independent research group. After a productive and fun sabbatical spent working with Prof. Lena Kjellén at Uppsala University (2014-2015) Cathy returned to the UK to join the STEM (Stem Cells, Tissue Engineering and Modelling) Centre at the University of Nottingham.