Dr Hubbard (she/her) is passionate about how the teaching of STEM subjects can be made more effective. She is particularly interested in the benefit of student partnership approaches, practical science teaching and the development of student scientific identity.
Her scientific background is in plant cell biology, the impact of circadian rhythms on plant physiology and fitness, and the use of fluorescence imaging techniques to investigated plant responses to the environment.
Dr Hubbard is a National Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was awarded the Royal Society of Biology HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year (2016), and the Society for Experimental Biology's President's Medallist for the Education section (2017).
Katharine's teaching is primarily focussed on cell and molecular biology, and plant sciences. She is a leader in the filed in laboratory based teaching, and places the development of student practical skills at the heart of her modules. Specific modules Katharine teaches on are:
- Cells and Organelles (1st year)
- Diversity of Life (1st year)
- Green Planet (2nd year)
- Professional and Research Skills (2nd year)
- Independent Research Projects (3rd year)
Undergraduate students as co-producers in the creation of first-year practical class resources
Hubbard, K. E., Brown, R., Deans, S., García, M. P., Pruna, M., & Mason, M. J. (2017). Undergraduate students as co-producers in the creation of first-year practical class resources. Higher Education Pedagogies, 2(1), 58-78. https://doi.org/10.1080/23752696.2017.1338529
Circadian oscillations of cytosolic free calcium regulate the Arabidopsis circadian clock
Martí Ruiz, M. C., Hubbard, K. E., Gardner, M. J., Jung, H. J., Aubry, S., Hotta, C. T., …Webb, A. A. (2018). Circadian oscillations of cytosolic free calcium regulate the Arabidopsis circadian clock. Nature Plants, 4(9), 690-698. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-018-0224-8
Katharine's research is into how science education can be more effective, and more inclusive of students from different educational backgrounds. She is particularly interested in the following topics:
- How students and scientists read scientific research papers
- Inclusive teaching in the laboratory environment
- The role of research-led teaching in developing student confidence and subject identity
Undergraduate STEM education