Dr Kate Chandler studied medicine at Cambridge University and the Royal London Medical School, qualifying in 1990. She initially followed a career in paediatrics, gaining MRCP in 1993 and commencing paediatric registrar training at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Dr Chandler spent a year's sabbatical in 1996 in the Clinical Genetics Department at the University Hospital of Maastricht, the Netherlands, before starting as senior registrar in Clinical Genetics in Manchester in 1997. She was awarded an MD in 2003 for research on the molecular genetics and clinical phenotype of Cohen Syndrome. Dr Chandler was appointed as a Consultant at St Mary’s Hospital in 2003.