Dr Kat Sanders


Senior Lecturer in Clinical Anatomy

Role at Hull York Medical School

Kat is Programme Director for the Masters of Clinical Anatomy (and Education) and also delivers anatomy teaching for the MBBS and Physician Associate programmes. She has an interest in developing novel anatomy teaching techniques and how these can be incorporated to supplement traditional anatomy curricula. She is also passionate about science communication, and aims to make the study of human anatomy accessible to as many people as possible by making it fun and interesting.


Before joining Hull York Medical School in 2016, Kat lived and studied in Australia. Her PhD was on the epigenetic modifications of progressive multiple sclerosis and was supported by a scholarship from MS Research Australia and the Trish MS Research Foundation. Kat was hired as a demonstrator at Bond University in 2009, and has been teaching anatomy ever since.

During her PhD, she taught at the University of Newcastle, Australia to a variety of student cohorts including trainee surgeons, medicine, physiotherapy, biomedicine and speech pathology. Throughout her PhD, Kat was involved in public outreach events, including a position as city-coordinator for the first Pint of Science festival in Newcastle, NSW in 2015.

In 2017, Kat competed in the UK final of FameLab at the Science Museum in London and this sparked a portfolio of science communication events. She has made appearances at TEDxHull 2018, Pint of Science, Soapbox Science in Hull, British Science Festival 2018, Hull Science Festival 2018, Shambala Festival 2018, Northern Ireland Science Festival 2019, Culture Cure at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester 2019. Occasionally she appears on BBC Radio Humberside to answer a kid's question on science or to read the newspapers.

In 2018, Kat co-founded Anatomy Nights, and event format that brings the fundamental practice of dissection (non-human) into the public sphere and gives audiences a chance to hear from anatomy experts in casual spaces such as bars and pubs. In 2019, Anatomy Nights reached venues around the UK as well as the US, Canada and Europe.


Module lead:              

  • Clinical Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Brain
  • Dissertation module in MSc Clinical Anatomy (and Education)

Maltby, VE., Lea, RA., Sanders, KA., White, N., Benton, MC., Scott, RJ,. Lechner Scott, J. (2017). Differential methylation at MHC in CD4+ T cells is associated with multiple sclerosis independently of HLA-DRB1Clinical Epigenetics. PMID:29729889

Groen, K., Maltby, VE., Sanders, KA., Scott, RJ., Tajouri, L., Lechner-Scott, J. (2016) Erythrocytes in multiple sclerosis - forgotten contributors to the pathophysiology? Multiple Sclerosis Journal - Experimental, Translational and Clinical. PMID: 28607726.

Sanders, KA., Miles, BC., Lea, RA., Maltby, VE., Agland, S., Griffin, N., Scott, RJ., Tajouri, L., Lechner-Scott, J. (2016) Next-generation sequencing reveals broad down-regulation of microRNAs in secondary progressive multiple sclerosis CD4+ T-cells. Clinical Epigenetics. PMID: 27570566.

Maltby, VE., Graves, MC., Lea, RA., Benton, MC., Sanders, KA., Tajouri, L., Scott, RJ., Lechner-Scott, J. (2015). Genome-wide DNA methylation profiling of CD8+ T cells shows a distinct epigenetic signature to CD4+ T cells in multiple sclerosis patients. Clinical epigenetics. PMID: 26550040.

Alamein, MA., Wolvetang, EJ., Ovchinnikov, DA., Stephens, S., Sanders, KA. and Warnke, PH. (2014). Polymeric nanofibrous substrates stimulate pluripotent stem cells to form 3-dimensional multilayered patty-like spheroids in feeder-free culture and maintain their pluripotency. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. PMID: 25423911