Section Head Natural Toxins
Role at Cawthron
Catherine has overall responsibility for running the two laboratories in the natural toxins section. The biotoxin laboratory undertakes the testing of biotoxins in shellfish and other food or algae-related toxins. The microalgae laboratory provides analyses of marine and fresh water to identify algae species of interest to public health, regulatory bodies, regional councils, water supply authorities and private companies.
In her current role since 2008, Catherine has immersed herself in the job by being part of the hands-on analyses team in both laboratories, liaising closely with customers and regulatory authorities.
Technical skills, experience and interests
- Quality assurance requirements for International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ), Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Analytical and research support to the national and international shellfish industry
- BSc, EEE (Bachelor of Environment, Ecology & Evolution). University of Montreal