Catherine S. J. Cazin received her MSc from the Université Montpellier II in 1999 and her PhD from the University of Exeter where she worked under the supervision of Robin B. Bedford on Pd-based catalytic systems. Catherine carried out a postdoctoral stay at the Universität des Saarlandes with Michael Veith and one at the Institut Français du Pétrole with Hélène Olivier-Bourbigou. She then obtained a position as Chargée de Recherche at the CNRS. She joined the EaStCHEM School of Chemistry of St Andrews in 2009. She currently holds a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.