Trainees' Sub-committee

At July 2017

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.

Emily Clarke
Meetings, IT and Social Media Representative

My enthusiasm for academic pathology stems from conducting a unique project in digital pathology during an academic F2 post in histopathology in Leeds. More recently, Since then I obtained ISSF Wellcome Trust funding, which enabled me to conduct full-time research before taking up an NIHR funded Academic Clinical Fellowship in Leeds. My area of research interest is digital pathology, with particular reference to image analysis and image fidelity.

I am a committed and conscientious member of the Trainees' Sub-committee underpinned by a passion for research in pathology.  I am particularly keen to encourage and engage other new trainees in research to ensure that our fascinating specialty has exciting acacdemic future.

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.

Ros Cooper
Case of the Month and Diagnostic Histopathology Article Co-ordinator

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I studied at the University of Birmingham, completing a first class intercalated degree in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2011 and qualifying in 2013 with Honours.  Following this, I completed an Academic Foundation Programme in Southampton and started run-through Histopathology training in the Wessex region in 2015.  Due to start an Academic Clinical Fellowship in Southampton in August 2016, I am keen to pursue projects, both local and collaborative, that address key issues in human health and disease.

Pathologists are ideally placed to transverse the boundary between clinical medicine and basic science and are therefore able to offer a unique perspective to medical research. Therefore, I am keen to promote the benefits and opportunities afforded by involvement in academic pathology, particularly amongst those in non-academic training posts. If elected, I would be committed to promoting collaboration through trainee research networks, liaising with trainees who have queries regarding research, and supporting the aims of the Pathological Society Trainee Sub-committee in promoting research and educational opportunities for trainees at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Philip Macklin
Meetings Representative

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After qualifying from Edinburgh in 2009, I completed the Academic Foundation Programme in Oxford. I then spent one year demonstrating anatomy at King’s College London before entering Histopathology training in the Oxford Deanery in 2012. Subsequently, I was appointed to an Academic Clinical Fellowship and am currently in the final year of this programme (ACF3/ST4), based in the John Radcliffe Hospital. From August, I will take time out of training to study for a PhD in the field of tumour immunology. After this period, I intend to return to clinical training and complete the final part of the FRCPath examination.

I am an enthusiastic trainee and have been a concessionary member since 2012. During this period, I have benefitted immensely from the Society’s support (for example, through the National Academic Pathology Forums) and, in turn, would like to contribute to the future success of such initiatives. I have a passion for academic pathology and would relish the opportunity to be able to encourage others who share this interest. I consider myself a reliable individual who works well as part of a team and feel that my skills would compliment those of the current members of the trainees’ sub-committee.

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.

Sara Waise
Meetings Representative

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I completed my pre-clinical studies at the University of Cambridge before my clinical training at Guy's King's and St St Thomas'. I then moved to the North East Thames School for my foundation training prior to starting as a Histopathology trainee in the Wessex Deanery in August 2014. Having been interested in research since my initial experience as an undergraduate, I started as a Cancer Research UK Clinical Research Fellow at Southampton in March of this year.

Having recently started a PhD in Cancer Sciences at the University of Southampton, I am passionate about research in Pathology: I believe that research is central to the continuing development of the specialty. At the beginning of my academic career, I am keen to support junior Pathology trainees interested in research. I am organised and have effective communication skills. I also have previous committee experience, as a member of the Royal Society of Medicine's Pathology Council, on which I am the Editorial Representative. I believe that with my skills and experience I will be a valuable addition to the Committee.

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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