Katrina Woolcock, PhD

Editorial Experience

Editor, Life Science Editors (2018-present)

Scientific editing and writing, language editing.

Freelance Scientific Translator (2018-present)

Austrian Academy of Sciences. Translating press releases from German into English.

Scientific Editor and Writer (2018-present)

Part-time position writing and editing grant applications and manuscripts for A/Prof Markus Muttenthaler (Institute of Biological Chemistry, University of Vienna).

Freelance Scientific Editor, Nature Research Editing Service (2016-2019)

In-depth developmental editing and journal submission advice

Freelance Scientific Editor, Bioedit Ltd. and NAI, Inc. (2016-2018)

Language editing and editing for journal requirements.

Freelance Editor, Nature Structural & Molecular Biology (2016-2017)

Primary Manuscript Assessment

Locum Assistant Editor, Nature Structural & Molecular Biology (2015-2016)

Experience includes handling over 150 primary manuscripts; writing research highlights; commissioning and editing News & Views articles; editing Review and Perspective articles. Required effective communication and teamwork in a small team split between London, New York, Boston and Melbourne.

Academic Research Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-2015

Dr Kazufumi Mochizuki’s group, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Vienna. ‘RNAi-mediated transgenerational epigenetic regulation of transposable elements in Tetrahymena’.

PhD Student, 2008-2013

Prof Marc Bühler’s group, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel. ‘RNAi-mediated co-transcriptional gene silencing in fission yeast’; completed Sept 2012, ‘summa cum laude’.

Masters project, 2007–2008

Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge – Prof Andrea Brand’s group – ‘The role of sevenup in the regulation of temporal identity transitions in Drosophila neuroblasts’.

Undergraduate Research, 2007

Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Zurich – Prof Walter Schaffner’s group – ‘Single-strand annealing (SSA) in Drosophila msh6 mutants’.

Undergraduate Research, 2007

Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge – Prof Ernest Laue’s group – ‘Modification of a high-throughput screen for soluble domain identification’.

Undergraduate Research, 2006

Department of Molecular Cell Biology, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Munich –  Dr Stefan Müller’s group – ‘The role of nucleolar SUMO proteases in the regulation of sumoylation’.


2008–2012 PhD, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel

‘RNAi-mediated co-transcriptional gene silencing in fission yeast’  Group of Prof Marc Bühler – completed Sept 2012, ‘summa cum laude’

2004–2008 Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, UK BA & MSci (Hons)

Natural Sciences Tripos 2.1 Specialised in Biochemistry in the 3rd and 4th years

2002–2004 Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Gloucester, UK

A levels: Biology (A), Chemistry (A), Maths (A), German (A) Advanced Extension Award: Biology, German

Peer-reviewed publications

Noto T, Kataoka K, Suhren JH, Hayashi A, Woolcock KJ, Gorovsky MA, Mochizuki K (2015). Small-RNA-mediated genome-wide trans-recognition network in Tetrahymena DNA elimination. Mol Cell 59(2):229-42.

Woolcock KJ and Bühler M (2013). Nuclear organisation and RNAi in fission yeast. Curr Opin Cell Biol 25(3):372-7.

Keller C, Adaixo R, Stunnenberg R, Woolcock KJ, Hiller S, Bühler M (2012). HP1Swi6 mediates the recognition and destruction of heterochromatic RNA transcripts. Mol Cell 47(2):215-27.

Woolcock KJ, Stunnenberg R, Gaidatzis D, Hotz H-R, Emmerth S, Barraud P, Bühler M (2012). RNAi keeps Atf1-bound stress response genes in check at nuclear pores. Genes Dev 26(7):683-92.

Woolcock KJ, Gaidatzis D, Punga T, Bühler M (2011). Dicer associates with chromatin to repress genome activity in Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Nat Struct Mol Biol 18(1):94-9.

Keller C, Woolcock K, Hess D, Bühler M (2010). Proteomic and functional analysis of the noncanonical poly(A) polymerase Cid14. RNA 16(6):1124-9.

Kappeler M, Kranz E, Woolcock K, Georgiev O, Schaffner W (2008). Drosophila bloom helicase maintains genome integrity by inhibiting recombination between divergent DNA sequences. Nucleic Acids Res 36(21):6907-17.

Research highlights

Woolcock K (Mar 2016). Using T cells to detect noncanonical translation. Nat Struct Mol Biol 23(3):191.

Woolcock K (Feb 2016). Structure of a DNA enzyme. Nat Struct Mol Biol 23(2):97.

Woolcock K (Dec 2015). Replication- and transcription-independent histone exchange in oocytes. Nat Struct Mol Biol 22(12):947.

Woolcock K (Oct 2015). Reversible aggregation after heat shock. Nat Struct Mol Biol 22(10):758.

Grants received

Jan 2014 – EMBO Long-Term Fellowship

Positions of responsibility

Postdoctoral representative at IMBA, 2014-2015

Responsibilities included representing IMBA postdocs at team leader meetings; helping to organise additional training, career and social events, as well as the Vienna Biocenter Postdoc Seminar Series.

Invited talks

  • May 2012 RNA 2012: The 17th Annual Meeting of the RNA Society, Michigan, USA. Travel grant received from the RNA Society.
  • May 2012 7th Microsymposium on Small RNAs, Basel, Switzerland. 3rd prize for best student/postdoc talk.
  • May 2011 Joint PhD meeting with Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, Spain
  • Jan 2011 TriRhena Chromatin & Transcription, IGBMC Strasbourg, France
  • Jan 2011 Swiss RNA workshop, Bern, Switzerland
  • Mar 2010 Epigenetic Regulation in Cell Fate & Disease, IMP Vienna, Austria.

Poster presentations

  • May 2015 10th Microsymposium on Small RNAs, IMBA Vienna, Austria
  • Dec 2014 Max Planck Freiburg Epigenetics Meeting, Freiburg, Germany
  • Mar 2011 Keystone Symposium on the Mechanism and Biology of Silencing, California, USA. Scholarship awarded by the National Institutes of Health.
  • Oct 2010 EMBO/EMBL Symposium: The Non-Coding Genome, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Sept 2010 7th Annual Meeting of the NCCR ‘Frontiers in Genetics’, Saas Fee, Switzerland
  • June 2009 Joint PhD meeting with LMCB London


  • May 2013 IMBA/IMP: Grant Writing Workshop
  • Oct 2012 EMBL Advanced Course: Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis
  • Aug 2012 FMI Workshop: Leadership & Management (Golin Wissenschaftsmanagement)
  • Apr 2012 FMI Workshop: Women in Science
  • Oct 2011 FMI Advanced R Course: using R/Bioconductor for microarray and deep sequencing data analysis
  • Feb 2011 FMI Introduction to R and Bioinformatics

Language skills Native English, fluent German (passed ÖSD C1 exam with 97%, April 2016)