Science was always something that came easily to me. Anything to do especially with anatomy or physiology, I could look at the material once, and remember it without having to look again. It was just a natural fit for me. Back when I graduated from high school, molecular biology was a relatively new area of study, and I found it intriguing. That’s why I applied to Seneca, specifically for the Biotechnology program. While I had also been accepted into university, I told myself that I would be happier at Seneca, given the particular program offering and the hands-on nature of the course.
The program at Seneca was quite advanced. They really prepared you to work in the real world. So much so, that I was hired right out of school by St. Michael’s Hospital’s Department of Pathology after graduation. I started at St. Mike’s on a three-month contract. And from the very beginning, I was able to contribute because of the skills I had already acquired through my lab work at school. That was in 1988 and I have been working there ever since.
"Seneca gave me the confidence and knowledge to walk into the lab and be able to start contributing right away."
Today I run the Pituitary Morphology Research Lab at St. Mike’s, where our work is making a significant contribution to the field of pituitary research. I’m currently part of a team that has been tasked by the World Health Organization to revise the classification of pituitary adenomas. My work is focused on finding ways to diagnose tumours better with the ultimate goal of improving care and treatment for people suffering from this disease. I am proud that my research is making an impact in the field, and am honoured that it has been nominated for a Premier’s Summit Award for Medical Research (TBC). I want to help those who have become sick with pituitary adenoma. I’m in a position where I can possibly make a difference, and I want to do everything I can to solve this challenge.
"My experience at Seneca was instrumental in helping me in my career. I know that my education is making a difference for myself and for others."
Katelyn went from Seneca student to being a voice for those without one.