Katherine Ember is a core scientist in OptiMaL and Transmedtech Institute scholar. She completed her undergraduate masters in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. Whilst there, she had the opportunity to carry out her masters project using fluorescence colocalization analysis at the Institute of Human Genetics in Montpellier. She then completed a PhD in Optical Medical Imaging at the University of Edinburgh where she researched biomolecular changes in a pig model of liver damage using spontaneous Raman, CARS, SRS and NMR spectroscopy. Katie is now working on detecting specific biomolecular changes associated with brain cancer and correlating Raman spectra from the micro-scale to the macro-scale. Katie is also a keen science communicator, has been won or shortlisted for nine science communication awards and was on the judging panel for the Association of British Science Writers Awards 2020.