Barbara joined King’s College Hospital in 1990 following periods as Pendlebury Children’s Hospital Manchester, St Mary’s Hospital, Barts Hospital London and Guy’s Hospital. She has been working in Cytogenetics since 1979.
She has built the laboratory from a one man show into a thriving Regional Cytogenetics diagnostic department with 10 staff. She is the Consultant head of the Cytogenetics Laboratory in King’s College Hospital.
Since her arrival at King’s, numerous hospitals which had previously sent their samples elsewhere began to send their bone marrow and blood samples to King’s. The range of Hospitals covers the entire South East Thames region and beyond, including Norfolk and Norwich and Great Yarmouth. The excellent turn round times for urgent samples were noted by others, who also began to use the service. A number of privately funded hospitals also use the service.
The repertoire of tests has also increased vastly to the present date, including FISH for all haematological disorders including an extensive myeloma FISH panel. The laboratory is also in the position to add innovative new tests to the diagnostic armoury and is always working towards providing the most up to date analysis for haematological disorders.
Barbara’s key area of expertise is Haematological Cytogenetics, but she was also instrumental in the forefront of introducing the chorionic villous sampling test in prenatal diagnosis. She has written numerous books in the field of Cytogenetics, and contributed to many scientific journals throughout her career. She is well known for public speaking and has given lectures nationally and internationally. She gives regular lectures on Cytogenetics in Bedford University, Luton Campus.
Barbara is a member of the ACC and is HPC registered.
Last updated: 02/10/2017