Catherine Worsley

Catherine obtained a BScHons degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and an MSc in Molecular Cell Biology at the University of the Witwatersrand. Catherine completed her MSc in 2008 which focussed on the role of various oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes involved in the pathogenesis of oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Thereafter, she worked at the National Health Laboratory Service as a medical scientist in research and development where she implemented new diagnostic assays, and later as a laboratory manager in charge of immunohaematology for transplantation diagnostics. 

As a senior 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. She is a registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, examines intern medical scientist portfolios and audits accredited training laboratories. 

Catherine joined Diagnostech in 2018 as a Field Application Scientist (Pathology) and is passionate about medical research into new innovations to improve patient diagnosis, treatment and care.