Kate Patterson uses visual language to transform complex scientific concepts for a broad audience. Kate is a trans-disciplinary researcher, blending science with storytelling, art and design.
Science can be complex, dynamic and invisible to the naked eye. Kate makes this accessible to a broad audience through visual language with the use of hand drawn illustration, computer generated imagery, 3D animation and virtual reality experiences. Kate transforms raw scientific data using the tools of visual arts and cinematography into a form that can be used for education, communication and awareness purposes.
Kate graduated from the University of Sydney faculty of Veterinary Science in 2003 but interested in pursuing her interest in the origins of cancer, she completed a PhD in cancer biology, signal transduction at the Garvan Institute in 2009. Kate then worked as a science writer and illustrator with Professor Susan Clark in the Epigenetics Research Group at the Garvan Institute and also at the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2012 she was awarded an Inspiring Australia government grant to produce compelling, 3D animations on cancer and epigenetics.
Kate is a Lab Research Fellow in the 3D visualization and aesthetics laboratory at UNSW Art and Design and a Visual Communicator, Project Leader: VR Multimedia and Biomedical Animation for the Garvan-Weizmann Centre for Cellular Genomics. She also writes the Drawing From Science column as part of the Science and Technology section of The Conversation.