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Associate Professor in Physiology, UNSW Sydney

Kate Poole is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine & Health at the University of New South Wales. Her research seeks to understand how the cells in our bodies can sense and respond to mechanical inputs of forces. These kinds of processes underpin our sense of touch and pain, but can also regulate how our joints adapt to changes in activity or even how cancer cells feel their way through the body.


  • 2020–present
    Associate professor, UNSW
  • 2016–2020
    Senior lecturer, UNSW
  • 2012–2016
    Group Leader, Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine
  • 2007–2012
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine
  • 2005–2007
    Applications scientist, JPK Instruments
  • 2002–2005
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics


  • 2002 
    University of Adelaide, PhD