With a background of working in Pathology at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Kathleen joined the biobanking team at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research in 2012, collecting samples for the Australian Breast Cancer Tissue Bank. From 2015-2017, Kathleen managed the day-to-day running of the Kolling Institute Tumour Banks.
During her time at the Kolling Insitute, Kathleen has created new web pages, started a social media presence and organised morning tea events to increase the visibility of the Kolling Tumour Banks to both researchers and the public. Kathleen has also created auditing processes, obtained new equipment to streamline specimen distribution, and has investigated how biobanking could be integrated into the electronic medical record in a NSW Cancer Biobanking Stakeholder led project titled: Embedding patient tissue banking consent into routine clinical practice.
Kathleen is currently the Quality and Research Engagement manager for the NSW Health Statewide Biobank located in the Professor Marie Bashir Centre at the Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital campus. The NSW Health Statewide Biobank is Australia’s first large-scale automated storage facility for human biological samples used in medical research.