Katherine has completed an MBA from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (St John's College), and holds a Master of Intellectual Property from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and a DPhil in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford (Brasenose College). Her undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Engineering (Microelectronics) with honours and a Bachelor of Information Technology (IT) from Griffith University, for which she was awarded a University Medal and medals as the top-ranking student in Microelectronics Engineering and IT.
She won her John Monash Scholarship for her DPhil study in 2004 at the University of Oxford; her Scholarship was supported by Boeing Australia Limited. Katherine's research was conducted at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and her thesis focussed on the development and implementation of algorithms for the segmentation and analysis of blood vessels in medical images with a view to automating and quantifying diagnosis of circulatory pathologies.
Katherine returned to Australia in 2011, where she transitioned into intellectual property. She is now a registered Trans-Tasman Patent and Trade Mark attorney, and in 2015 was awarded the prestigious Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) Institute Prize as the top new patent attorney in Australia. In 2017, Katherine founded her own intellectual property start-up, Innofy, and she is currently recommended as one of the World's Leading Patent Professionals according to the IAM Patent 1000 rankings.
Katherine has served as a First Reviewer and on the Queensland Selection Panel, in the selection of the John Monash Scholars.