Professor McGrath joined University of Technology Sydney in May 2018 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research). Kate provides the vision and leadership to build UTS’s national and international profile in research training, external research engagement and innovation. She is responsible for the strategic direction, operations and support of research across the university.
Kate has held positions at several universities, most recently Vice-Provost (Research) at Victoria University of Wellington. Prior to moving into university leadership roles Kate led the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence.
Kate has considerable experience with the translation and commercialisation of research and IP-led research partnerships with industry. She has been on several boards including university start-ups, not for profits and Callaghan Innovation, the New Zealand Government’s Innovation Crown entity.
Her research background is in the area of molecular self-assembly, i.e. how molecules loosely assemble to form entities such as cells and emulsions and how understanding these entities and the processes via which they form allows understanding of for example bone formation and ultimately the creation of synthetic bone graft materials.