Catherine Cottrell

Catherine Cottrell, PhD, FACMG serves as a Senior Director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine Clinical Laboratory at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  She is an Associate Professor – Clinical in the Departments of Pathology and Pediatrics at The Ohio State University.  Dr. Cottrell is dual certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics in the specialties of Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics, having completed her fellowship training at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio in 2010. Following the conclusion of her fellowship, Dr. Cottrell assumed a faculty position in 2011 at Washington University (WU) School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri. In the six years she spent at WU, she ultimately served as the Director of the Cytogenetics and Molecular Pathology Laboratory, and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Immunology, and Department of Genetics. Dr. Cottrell specializes in the clinical interpretation of complex genomic laboratory assays.  She has an interest in the development of new clinical diagnostic tests, and a focus on somatic variant interpretation in the setting of cancer and somatic mosaic disease. Her current clinical and research emphasis includes constitutional exome and genome sequencing, comprehensive somatic disease profiling, and the development of best practices in genetic variant interpretation.  Additionally, she lends genomic expertise to the Vascular Anomalies Center at NCH.  Dr. Cottrell joined as a faculty member within The Institute for Genomic Medicine at NCH in 2016.