Catherine obtained her BSc Hons Degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology as well as an MSc in Molecular Cell Biology under the supervision of Professor Rob Veale at the University of the Witwatersrand. After completing her MSc in 2008 – with the focus on the role of various oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes involved in the pathogenesis of oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma, she worked at the National Health Laboratory Service as a medical scientist in research and development. Catherine was responsible for the implementation of new diagnostic assays, later taking on the duties of laboratory manager in charge of immunohaematology for transplantation diagnostics.
As a medical scientist, Catherine was involved in diagnosing haematological malignancies using an array of advanced techniques. She was responsible for implementing and accrediting diagnostic testing for other haematological and immunological disorders such as paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PNH), primary immunodeficiencies, and established testing for the solid organ transplantation programme, including flow cytometric crossmatching, HLA typing and HLA antibody detection, and virtual crossmatching. Her other interests include immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, immunology, molecular biology, infectious and non-communicable diseases and evolutionary biology. She was also responsible for training registrars, scientists and technologists in haematology, immunology and clinical pathology.
Catherine joined Diagnostech in 2018 and is passionate about medical research into new innovations to improve patient diagnosis, treatment and care. She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and examines intern medical scientist portfolios and audits accredited training laboratories. She is also a committee member of the South African Immunological Society (SAIS) which promotes basic and advanced immunology in South Africa.
In her spare time, Catherine loves nature hikes and travelling to other countries in pursuit of different cultural experiences. She also enjoys spending time with her loved ones and pets, as well as developing her horticultural skills.