Dr Katie McDermott


I joined the University in 2018 as a Research Fellow in Animal Nutrition and Physiology following my PhD (2014 - 2018) also at Leeds titled 'A batch culture study of the rumen bacterial community and the fermentative digestion of forage in cattle'. I also obtained my Integrated Masters and BSc in Biology here (MBiol; 2010 - 2014).  

Research interests

I have a strong interest in understanding what influences efficient utilisation of feed and how this is influenced by the animal’s resident microbial community. I am interested in the way in which the gut microbiota interact with the host animal in health and disease and in turn, how the microbiota are controlled and selected for by the host. More broadly, I am interested in studying sustainable ways of improving animal health, efficiency and productivity whilst reducing feed waste, minimising land use and decreasing environmental pollution.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://biologicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD
  • MBiol, BSc (Hons) Biology

Professional memberships

  • British Society of Animal Science

Student education

I am involved with the teaching of animal science modules, tutorials and UG projects.