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Support team

Liza Cheshire - Research Administrator

Liza is the Research Administrator for the Wellcome funded Translational Research Exchange @ Exeter (TREE), based in the Living Systems Institute.

Liza’s role is to provide support to the Centre Management, Steering Group, Industry and Research Fellows. She supports the delivery of a wide range of events and meetings, supporting research and industry focused initiatives.

Prior to joining the University Liza held executive support level roles in both the public and private sector.

Yujin Du - Project Manager

Yujin is the research project manager for the Translational Research Exchange @ Exeter (TREE). Yujin's responsibilities include the planning, management, coordination of all projects including oversight of research finances, development of new strategic initiatives, dissemination of research outputs. In addition, she also provides general and specialist support in organising public engagement events and early career researcher capacity building activities.

Prior to joining the team, Yujin worked for an international Antimicrobial Resistance Hub at the University of Bristol Medical School, coordinating a range of activities.

Katharine Fitzpatrick - Communities Engagement Manager

‌Katharine’s role is to support the early engagement of the public and other relevant communities (including charities, patient groups, academics, clinicians and industry) with the Wellcome funded Translational Research Exchange @ Exeter (TREE).

Katharine is the initial point of contact for engagement with the public and relevant communities. Her role involves developing and strengthening links with individuals, communities and groups who have an interest in engaging with, and shaping new research opportunities

If you have any questions about how to get involved, get in touch with Katharine on

Prior to joining the team, Katharine worked at the University of Exeter Medical School supporting the meaningful involvement of families with disabled children in the research activities of the Peninsula Childhood Disability Research Unit. Before moving to Exeter in 2013 Katharine completed a PhD in past climate environments and worked for the Royal Geographical Society and the University of Bristol.