Bachelor of Science (Technology) (Biological Sciences)
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Hearing heart-warming pregnancy success stories from her patients is the ultimate reward for Catherine Charleson, who works in a Hamilton fertility clinic as a clinical embryologist.
Everyday tasks for Catherine include: working in a lab with oocytes and sperm to create human embryos; interacting and educating patients; and helping women with IVF cycle management.
Following high school at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls in Hamilton, Catherine studied a Bachelor of Science (Technology), majoring in Biological Sciences and specifying in the Biomedical Sciences programme. The programme included papers in physiology, genetics, anatomy and biochemistry.
A work placement at AgResearch Ruakura as an embryologist and laboratory technician led her to her first full-time position as a clinical embryologist at Fertility Associates in Hamilton. An aspiration to work overseas took her to London, in mid 2011, where she enjoyed a similar position at The London Women's Clinic. Catherine returned to Hamilton in 2013 to a senior clinical embryologist role back at Fertility Associates.