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Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences


The activities of the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences is managed and supported by a small team based at the University of Cambridge, with input from an advisory board made up of of academics and industrial scientists.



Professor Chris Lowe OBE, FREng, FInstP, FRSC


Chris is Emeritus Professor of Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge. The principal focus of his research programme over the last 40 years has been the high value - low volume sectors of pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals and diagnostics. The work is characterised by not only being highly inter- and multi-disciplinary, but also covering the entire range from pure science to strategic applied science, some of which has significant commercial applications.

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Paula Frampton PhD

Executive Manager

Paula has a background in laboratory biomedical research and more than 10 years’ experience in senior management roles across the charity sector, academia, civil service and Research Councils. Most recently, she established and ran the PublicHealth @Cambridge research network at the University of Cambridge. As Executive Manager of the Academy, Paula manages the office team and drives development of the partnership overall.

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Andrea Walker PhD, CChem MRSC

Research Facilitator

Andrea joined the University of Cambridge in 2017 after spending seven years at the Royal Society of Chemistry, developing member networks and accreditation activities.  She has a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry and has held short-term postdoctoral roles in academia and industry.  Andrea runs the Exchange Fellowships and Entrepreneurs in Residence schemes and supports the operational development of the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences.

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Cathy Boucher PhD

Senior Research Facilitator





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Padraig Mulcahy PhD

Education & Training Programme Manager

Padraig joined the CATS team in 2017, having spent three years with the University’s Office for Translational Research. He has a PhD in neuropharmacology and spent a number of years as a post-doctoral researcher prior to joining the University. Padraig works to develop and deliver training and research programmes (Masters and PhD) to educate a new generation of scientists and clinicians, driving this development through close collaboration with academic and industry experts and leaders. 


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Carmen Smith PhD

Research Administrator

Carmen joined the CATS team in 2018, having completed her PhD at the University of Bath. In 2016, she undertook an internship at the United Nations Research institute for Sustainable Development in Geneva, before working as Centre Coordinator for the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity at the University of Surrey. Carmen supports the CATS team in event management, communications and administration.


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