Kirsty Ross

Public engagement professional


I am a senior public engagement professional (PEP) with a background in academic STEM research & a strong track record for knowledge exchange working across 3 research-intensive universities in Scotland. I transitioned to a full-time PEP role in 2015. Ever since, I have supported implementational, operational & strategic goals in knowledge exchange (KE) to bring in £172,500 in KE income.By investing in my relationships with partners, I've built considerable trust that has allowed me to deepen & strengthen our partnerships. This is critical to my role enabling postgraduate researchers to undertake KE internships in sectors as diverse as venture capital, clinical trial management, policy engagement, & industrial research in locations worldwide. Strong partnerships can grow from a single conversation. The plethora of relationships I have & multiple innovative engagement platforms I've developed enable those I work with to explore and extend their own PER/KE practice.


  • The role of mast cells in protection against Leishmania donovani infection
  • A fusion protein based pneumococcal vaccine
  • Quilts 4 cancer
  • Assessment of murine collagen-induced arthritis by longitudinal non-invasive duplexed molecular optical imaging
  • Protective role of MAP kinase phosphatase 2 (MKP-2) in a model of collagen antibody induced arthritis
  • Novel mucosal vaccines generated by genetic conjugation of heterologous proteins to pneumolysin (PLY) from Streptococcus pneumoniae.
  • Identification of the high affinity binding site in the Streptococcus intermedius toxin intermedilysin for its membrane receptor, the human complement regulator CD59.
  • Presence of nonhemolytic pneumolysin in serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae associated with disease outbreaks.
  • Antibiotics under our feet
  • Arthritis in space and time - To boldly go!
  • Culturally responsive science outreach
  • Mast cells contribute to porphyromonas gingivalis-induced bone loss
  • Pre-clinical bioimaging in a mouse model of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Novel protective role for MAP kinase phosphatase 2 in inflammatory arthritis
  • OPTIMA Case Study 4
  • Fortissat Science Alliance podcast: Stephanie Campbell

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