Katherine obtained her PhD degree in Biology from New York University (NYU), USA in Jan 2010. She published first-authored papers in peer-reviewed journals. She worked at A*STAR and NUS for over 6 years, where she accumulated substantial experience in research, administration, and project management. Since she joined Duke-NUS in October 2016, she has played important roles in the successful development of multiple new programmes including the PhD Programme in Clinical Sciences (PhD-CS), the Pre-hospital & Emergency Research Centre (PERC), the Graduate Certificate Programme in Health Services Innovation (GCP-HSI), and Women-in-Science (WinS) Network.
She is currently leading the administrative functions for 3 departments i.e. the Programme in Health Services & Systems Research (HSSR), the Centre for Quantitative Medicine (CQM), and PERC. She manages about 65 research grants and core funds ($35 million) per year. She drafts, reviews, edits, and assists on the execution of about 70 research agreements every year. She also organised multiple academic events e.g. international symposiums and workshops which were well received by healthcare professionals.