Trainees' Sub-committee

At May 2020

The trainees' sub-committee was created back in 2006 to represent the views of concessionary members. As such, the sub-committee would like to know what you want from the Society and how the Society can support you in your research, teaching and educational activities. Below is a list of the current sub-committee members. Please feel free to contact the chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Caroline Young 
Chair of the Trainees' Sub-committee

I studied pre-clinical medicine at Cambridge, completing an intercalated degree in Mechanisms of Disease,  then clinical medicine at Oxford with a research elective at Johns Hopkins. I undertook an Academic Clinical Fellowship in Histopathology and am currently out of programme undertaking a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship at the University of Leeds. The topic of my PhD is colorectal cancer and the microbiome.

I have been a member of the Trainees' Sub-committee for three years and am delighted to now be Chair. The Trainees' Sub-committee supports trainees and promotes academic pathology.  I'm really looking forward to the work the Sub-committee will do over the next three years; please contact me if you have any comments, suggestions or feedback.

Jon Griffin
National Academic Trainee Network Meeting Co-ordinator

I am an ST2 in Sheffield having come to histopathology training from surgery. I have extensive experience of audit, quality improvement and teaching, and have published and presented projects from these domains. I was national ST1 representative and in this role launched a website ( to provide information for prospective trainees. I also led an ST1 trainee research collaboration and presented our project at a Pathological Society meeting. I am interested in increasing the content of curriculum specific teaching materials available, particularly for ST1s, and increasing trainee-led collaborative research and audit efforts.

I am a diligent and organised trainee with experience of developing and leading collaborative projects in both surgery and histopathology. I hope to use the skills gained from these projects to formalise trainee-led collaborative research. In my role as ST1 representative I co-ordinated inputs from trainees across the country to create content for a new website and I will use these network building skills to be a reliable point of contact for trainees interested in research. Finally, as a keen teacher, I will bring an enthusiasm for expanding the educational opportunities for trainees particularly in molecular and digital pathology.

Kate Marks
Programme Sub-committee (Winter Meeting)

I am truly passionate about research and I believe from my previous experience I can help provide useful insights into the challenges and rewards of research having undertaken my PhD, but still being early in my training. I am highly organised and have extensive experience running events and working with committees. Therefore I feel my skills and commitment would be invaluable as well as bringing forward creative ideas. I would also love to continue my work with undergraduate students; I hope to encourage more local medical school pathology societies and help further strengthen links between trainees and undergraduates.

Luke Farmkiss
Research Sub-committee and IT/Social Media Officer

I would draw on my experience as a medical educator both in the UK and abroad to provide an approachable point of contact for trainees with queries regarding the development of their own teaching experience.

I could help run dedicated trainee sessions at Pathological Society Meetings by building on lessons learnt whilst leading local trainee educational activities. I have met a broad multidisciplinary range of colleagues whilst working at the universities of Plymouth and Exeter, who I could collaborate with to promote research and teaching to the next generation of medical students and pathologists.

Kathryn Griffin
Education Representative

Yorkshire born-and-bred, I trained in Cambridge and then came back “Up North” for an ACF in Vascular Surgery in Leeds. I’ve just completed my PhD which investigated the role of transglutaminases in the development of AAAs. During this study I had 2 boys and an epiphany that academic Histopathology was for me and was fortunate enough to be appointed to an ACF position. Although I'm about to go on maternity leave, I have a track record of being able to multi-task(!) and have held numerous roles of responsibility including the academic rep for the National Vascular Trainees Committee and trainee rep for the regional Clinical Academic Committee. I am currently continuing my cardiovascular research with projects investigating vascular remodelling in Diabetes and, if elected, I look forward to the opportunity to represent trainees' views.

My previous ACF, PhD and clinical research experience have given me an insight into the challenges of conducting meaningful research as a trainee and the difficulties of combining academia with training. I am especially keen that part-time trainees, or those with significant family commitments, are encouraged to engage with and succeed in academia whilst also promoting an awareness of academic pathology as a career choice for medical students and for those who are further on in their clinical career. Pathology research has traditionally been very "cancer-focussed" and I think my cardiovascular background can help me to highlight the wider importance of pathology in research, and to identify areas of growth for the society. 

Alice Huskinson
National Academic Trainee Network Meeting Co-ordinator

I graduated from Leeds (2012) and carried out my foundation training in West Yorkshire before working overseas in Melbourne for 2 years. I returned in 2016 to start Histopathology training as an ST1 and I am currently working in St James's University Hospital.

My keen interest in research started during my undergraduate and intercalated degree and led to several international poster presentations and a publication. Subsequently I have worked with the gastro-intestinal research group in Leeds and have applied for a 9 month pre-doctoral research bursary as an alternative to an Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF).

As a new trainee, I am eager to encourage and support other junior trainees interested in research. In particular, I hope to be able to offer my experiences as a non-ACF to other trainees who want to start an academic pathology career but are not part of the traditional academic pathway.

Yamini Krishna
Research & Molecular Pathology Representative

I graduated with MBChB(Hons) and an intercalated MSc from the University of Liverpool. I really enjoyed my research exposure and secured external funding during my house-officer job for a PhD on artificial substrates for cell transplantation in age-related macular degeneration. On completing my PhD I entered the Ophthalmology Speciality Training in Mersey. During my training I developed a keen interest in ophthalmic pathology and undertook approved out-of-programme research in ocular pathology with the view of pursuing a career in ophthalmic pathology and histopathology. On gaining my Certificate of Completion of Training in Ophthalmology in 2016, I commenced my Histopathology Speciality Training in Liverpool, which is also one of the four National Specialist Ophthalmic Pathology Centres in England.

I am an enthusiastic, reliable and approachable trainee who would love the opportunity to encourage trainees and represent their views through active two-way discussion on the Trainees’ Subcommittee. I have been actively involved in clinically-related research, publishing and presenting works, grant writing and teaching (undergraduate and postgraduate clinical and laboratory) and committed to academic pathology. I would therefore very much appreciate the opportunity to contribute and promote the success of the Trainees’ Subcommittee as a team player and complement the skill-set of its members.

John Connelly
Programme Sub-committee (Winter Meeting)

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I will engage with trainees to help them access the best possible opportunities in areas such as precision medicine, immune-oncology and artificial intelligence. In particular, I will highlight the excellent clinical-academic opportunities available in Scotland – our clinical-academic programmes are more varied than elsewhere and this allows trainees to craft a bespoke and flexible route for themselves. Finally, I will advocate for diversity in STEM and look at how the Society can contribute to ensuring that both clinical and academic environments provide a supportive and welcoming culture where everyone can achieve their full potential.

Laura Whitehouse
Education Representative

I am currently a ST3 and ACF in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Having worked in many fields of Dentistry, I finally realised my true vocation in histopathology. I am a Birmingham graduate and have worked in many units throughout the UK in my post-graduate career. My research is genetics based, focusing on enamel formation and defects. I have completed post-graduate qualifications in Health Research and Medical Education. I regularly teach and am actively involved in student support and course management.

I am a highly motivated individual who is willing to lead and actively participate in discussions, organisation and management. Coming from a mixed clinical and academic background, I feel I can represent and incorporate both realms fairly. With no non-medical members on the trainee subcommittee, I believe I can provide a voice for this small but relevant cohort. Having worked in many units throughout the UK also allows me to provide a holistic representation of the many different departments. My research area is genetics, which I see as being a key driving role for the pathologists of the future.


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