Professor Kataky’s innovative work with biofilms to control the formation and spread of bacteria will make a real-world impact in the form of smart bandage technology. This can reduce reliance on antibiotics and improve patient outcomes, by reducing the risk of disease and infection when treating wounds.
Growing up in Shillong, India, Ritu went to Loreto Convent, a girls’ school that emphasised the arts and social sciences. She was the only girl in her class to study pure science.
After undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate work at the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, she completed her PhD at Newcastle University in 1987, while juggling care of two children alongside her studies.
Ritu transferred to Durham University and progressed through the ranks to become a Professor in the Department of Chemistry three years ago. She was the first female BAME Professor in her department and only the 2nd woman to hold a senior management position.