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Dr Katharine Elizabeth Hubbard

Teaching Associate
Dr Katharine Elizabeth Hubbard
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 (7)48984


Katharine is the Department's Teaching Associate, and as such makes a significant contribution to undergraduate teaching in the Department for which she was awarded a CUSU Student-Led Teaching Award for Outstanding Lecturing. She runs many of our first and second year practical classes, gives lectures, acts as an examiner and provides general teaching support to other academic staff. She also coordinates and trains supervisors to ensure the quality of small group teaching in the Department. Katharine is also a Teaching By-Fellow at Churchill College, where she acts as a Director of Studies and Admissions Interviewer

She is also the Coordinator of the Cambridge Colleges BioScience Experience project, which invites Year 11 students from comprehensive schools across the UK to the Department to get a taste of University Life. This is funded by the University's Widening Participation Project Fund, and aims to raise the profile of BioSciences as a degree choice, and to encourage students to take A level subjects which will prepare them for applications to top Universities. 

In addition, she engages in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), to gain a deeper understanding of the effectiveness of teaching and learning in the department. Current projects include the development and evaluation of online resources for practical class teaching, and an investigation into how undergraduates read scientific papers. 

Twitter: @KEHplantsci


Winner of CUSU Student-Led Teaching Award (Outstanding Lecturer, 2015)

IA Biology of Cells: Introduction to Biochemistry and Photosynthesis practicals

IA Physiology of Organisms: Stomatal physiology practical

IB Plant and Microbial Sciences: Environmental Microbiology lectures, Plant Genetic Manipulation practical, Sugar biochemistry practical

Examiner for IA Cells

Key Publications

Hubbard K, Gretton S, Jones K and Tallents L. (2015) Challenges and opportunities for early-career Teaching-Focussed academics in the biosciences F1000Research 2015, 4:76 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.6227.1)

KE Hubbard, N Nishimura, K Hitomi, ED Getzoff, JI Schroeder (2010) Early abscisic acid signal transduction mechanisms: newly discovered components and newly emerging questions. Genes & Development 24 (16), 1695-1708 (doi: 10.1101/gad.1953910)

N Dalchau, KE Hubbard, FC Robertson, CT Hotta, HM Briggs, GB Stan, JM Gonçalves, AAR Webb (2010) Correct biological timing in Arabidopsis requires multiple light-signaling pathways. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107 (29), 13171-13176 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1001429107)

AN Dodd, MJ Gardner, CT Hotta, KE Hubbard, N Dalchau, J Love, J-M Assie, FC Robertson, MK Jakobsen, J Gonçalves, D Sanders AAR Webb (2007) The Arabidopsis circadian clock incorporates a cADPR-based feedback loop. Science 318 (5857), 1789-1792 (doi: 

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