Cath is a Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds.
She is a chartered mechanical engineer with a background in fluid dynamics, and significant expertise in ventilation and indoor air quality. Her research group conduct experimental and modelling based studies, with a strong focus on ventilation for health including exploring the transport of airborne pathogens and effectiveness of engineering approaches to controlling infectious disease transmission.
Her research funding has supported 8 postdoctoral researchers/KTP associates and 12 PhD students, and has allowed her to work with researchers and practitioners across a wide range of disciplines. She has over 90 peer reviewed journal and conference papers and has co-authored design guidance for CIBSE and the Department of Health. In addition to her research activities Cath teaches undergraduate and MSc modules in building physics and she is the Director of Research and Innovation for the School of Civil Engineering.