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Dr Katherine Smart appointed University Lecturer in Brewing and Distilling

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Katherine Smart to the role of University Lecturer in Brewing and Distilling Sciences effective 1 September 2018. Her research interests include yeast cell biology, fermentation sciences, brewing and distilling sciences, raw material supply chains, lignocellulosic conversion to biofuels and biorefining.

Katherine, who holds a PhD in Fermentation and Brewing Science, a DSc by publication in Brewing and Distilling Sciences and an LLD, is a Fellow of three learned societies. She is also a Professor of the University of Nottingham and the current President of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

During her 20 years in academia she has held fellowships and academic positions including a post doctoral researcher role in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge and a Royal Society Industrial Fellowship. More recently she was the Head of the School of Biosciences and the SABMiller Professor of Brewing Sciences at the University of Nottingham until 2012. She then joined SABMiller PLC as Global Chief Brewer and subsequently held senior executive and Vice President roles in supply chain in SABMiller and ABInBev respectively.

In 2017, Katherine co-founded The Surrey Copper Distillery Limited, where she will continue to hold the advisory role of Distiller and Botanist. Katherine said "It is an honour to be returning to the University of Cambridge in an academic role. I look forward to working with my new colleagues and to re-establishing my research interests".


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