Meet the Scientist

Kate Unwin

Lecturer and Course Leader (Forensic and Applied Biology) and Forensic Biologist

What scientific field do you work in?

Forensic Science

"... I make a great chocolate cake"

Could you briefly explain what your job involves?

As a forensic biologist I use human biological samples (like blood) to assist the police in solving crimes.  As a lecturer I use my knowledge and cases I have worked on to train the next generation of crime fighters!

Do you have any secret talents?

It's no secret, but I make a great chocolate cake.

When did you decide you wanted to work as a scientist?

When I was at school doing my A levels Biology was my favourite subject.  I had a fantastic teacher who opened up the world of human biology.

What's your favourite food?


"... lots of paper work"

What educational pathway did you take to get to where you are now?

GCSEs, A-Levels, a Human Biology degree and a placement year at the regional genetics diagnostics lab in Birmingham Women's Hospital.

"... train the next generation of crime fighters!"

What's your favourite movie quote?

“Sometimes the right path is not the easiest”

      -Grandmother Willow (Pocahontas).

What's the best thing about your job?

Helping the Police in serving justice.  On the teaching front seeing students learn and develop and enjoy the activities we have set up for them.

What's the worst thing about your job?

Lots of paper work!

If you could take one thing to an island, what would it be?

A comfy bed!

If you could be anyone in the world for 24 hours, who would you be?

Sean Lock... 24 hours in his head would be hilarious (but probably not long enough!).