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Keele University places high value on research excellence and supports internationally competitive expertise. Our ethos is to make a global difference with research knowledge that has beneficial outcomes to solve problems – whether in combating malaria, research on ageing society or discovering new planets.Spotlight On...Dr Catherine Merrick Posted on 29 January 2014 Dr Catherine Merrick began her career as a biologist with a degree at Cambridge University (a double first in Natural Sciences). She completed a PhD in 2004 at Cancer Research UK, before moving to the Harvard School of Public Health. Here she began to study the human malaria parasite, focusing on how this highly important parasite controls its virulence genes.