Visual communication is a universal language that can efficiently engage and educate the audience. Researchers and science communicators rely heavily on visuals to convey complex ideas and research stories to a varied audience. In a competitive media landscape, stunning images gain attention and help to promote the quality science being described.

I want to help bridge the gap between knowledge and process of scientific research and the general perception and understanding of this process. Science can be beautiful and I want to see stunning science images everywhere that help to form that bridge.


  • 2013-current – Visual Science Commuicator and Biomedical Animator, Inspiring Australia Initiative at Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney Australia.
  • 2009-2012 – Senior Science Writer and Illustrator: Epigenetics Research Group, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney Australia
  • 2005-2008 – PhD Signal Transduction, Cancer Research with Prof Roger Daly and Dr Philippa O’Brien, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney Australia
  • 2004-2008 – Small Animal Veterinarian in various practices in Sydney

  • Inspiring Australia grant awarded to Visualise the Future of Biomedicine: A collaborative project between The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, CSIRO and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. 2012-2014
  • Zone Winner in the first Australian “I’m a Scientist Get Me Out Of Here” science communication / outreach competition. http://imascientist.org.au/
  • Johnson and Johnson Research Award for Best Student Poster: Australian Society for Medical Research Scientific Meeting 2007
  • Millenium Science Award for the best poster at the kConFab/AOCS and FCCANZ Conference 2007
  • Roche Award for the best Student Poster at the 17th St Vincent’s and Mater Health Sydney Research Symposium 2007
  • Best student poster sponsored by TGR Biosciences and PerkinElmer at the 4th Garvan Signalling Symposium 2007
  • Best poster prize at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research “Students at Garvan” Scientific Poster session May 2006
  • Best poster prize at the 15th St Vincent’s Hospital research symposium October 2005

  • Valdes-Mora, Fatima; Song, Jenny Z; Statham, Aaron L; Strbenac, Dario; Robinson, Mark D; Nair, Shalima S; Patterson, Kate I; Tremethick, David J; Stirzaker, Clare; Clark, Susan J; Acetylation of H2A. Z is a key epigenetic modification associated with gene deregulation and epigenetic remodeling in cancer Genome research 22 2 307-321 2012
  • Gloss, Brian S; Patterson, Kate I; Barton, Caroline A; Gonzalez, Maria; Scurry, James P; Hacker, Neville F; Sutherland, Robert L; O’Brien, Philippa M; Clark, Susan J; Integrative genome-wide expression and promoter DNA methylation profiling identifies a potential novel panel of ovarian cancer epigenetic biomarkers Cancer letters 318 1 76-85 2012
  • Hulf, T; Sibbritt, T; Wiklund, ED; Patterson, K; Song, JZ; Stirzaker, C; Qu, W; Nair, S; Horvath, LG; Armstrong, NJ; Epigenetic-induced repression of microRNA-205 is associated with MED1 activation and a poorer prognosis in localized prostate cancer Oncogene 2012
  • Devaney, James; Stirzaker, Clare; Qu, Wenjia; Song, Jenny Z; Statham, Aaron L; Patterson, Kate I; Horvath, Lisa G; Tabor, Bruce; Coolen, Marcel W; Hulf, Toby; Epigenetic deregulation across chromosome 2q14. 2 differentiates normal from prostate cancer and provides a regional panel of novel DNA methylation cancer biomarkers Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention 20 1 148-159 2011
  • Wang, Li; Chen, Hongmin; Liu, FengHua; Madigan, Michele C; Power, Carl A; Hao, Jingli; Patterson, Kate I; Pourgholami, Mohammad H; O’Brien, Philippa M; Perkins, Alan C; Monoclonal antibody targeting MUC1 and increasing sensitivity to docetaxel as a novel strategy in treating human epithelial ovarian cancer Cancer Letters 300 2 122-133 2011
  • Patterson, Kate; Molloy, Laura; Qu, Wenjia; Clark, Susan; DNA methylation: bisulphite modification and analysis Journal of visualized experiments: JoVE 56 2011
  • Patterson, Kate I; Brummer, Tilman; Daly, Roger J; O’Brien, Philippa M; DUSP26 negatively affects the proliferation of epithelial cells, an effect not mediated by dephosphorylation of MAPKs Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)-Molecular Cell Research 1803 9 1003-1012 2010
  • Patterson, K; Brummer, Tilman; O’brien, P; Daly, R; Dual-specificity phosphatases: critical regulators with diverse cellular targets Biochem. J 418 475-489 2009
  • Wang, Li; Madigan, Michele C; Chen, Hongmin; Liu, FengHua; Patterson, Kate I; Beretov, Julia; O’Brien, Philippa M; Li, Yong; Expression of urokinase plasminogen activator and its receptor in advanced epithelial ovarian cancer patients Gynecologic oncology 114 2 265-272 2009
  • O’Brien, PM; Davies, MJ; Scurry, JP; Smith, AN; Barton, CA; Henderson, MJ; Saunders, DN; Gloss, BS; Patterson, KI; Clancy, JL; The E3 ubiquitin ligase EDD is an adverse prognostic factor for serous epithelial ovarian cancer and modulates cisplatin resistance in vitro British journal of cancer 98 6 1085-1093 2008
  • Bennett, Haley L; Brummer, Tilman; Timpson, Paul; Patterson, Kate I; Daly, Roger J; Signalling by the EGF receptor in human cancers: accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative EGFR Signaling Networks in Cancer Therapy 224-244 2008
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