Kathrina Auckloo is a Research Scientist in the Forensic Toxicology Unit (FTU) within the UCT Division of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. Kathrina, or Kat, has been part of the FTU unit’s team since inception, following the completion of her MPhil in Biomedical Forensic Science (MBFS) with thesis focus in Forensic Toxicology. Kat completed her BSc in Biochemistry and Human Physiology, and her BSc Med Hons in Medical Biochemistry, both at UCT. With the aim to enhance her theoretical and practical research skills, Kat is currently undertaking a Master in Public Health (MPH) specialising in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is also actively involved in the Forensic Toxicology module component of the MBFS program offered in the Division.
Her current research areas revolve around the relationship between the presence/concentration of drugs, other toxicants, their metabolites, or other biomarkers of exposure, with respect to post-mortem forensic toxicology. Her most recent work involves alcohol, drugs and other substances in violent fatalities, and profiling toxicity in fire-related deaths. Kat is a member of the Toxicology Society of South Africa (TOXSA), South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP), and The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT).