The Laboratory Team

The Laboratory Team

The Team

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Camilla Scott BSc MSc CSci FRCPath EurClinChem

Head of the Department, Consultant Clinical Scientist

Camilla is a Consultant Clinical Scientist and the Head of the Department at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust. She is the lead trainer for the MetBioNet and is one of the Scientific Advisors for the qualitative urine organic acid scheme for ERNDIM.

Camilla's areas of interest include new born screening and the diagnosis and monitoring of all areas of inherited metabolic disease including the Amino Acid Disorders, Organic Acidaemia's, Peroxisomal Disorders and Niemann Pick type C. She has written a number of guidelines and review articles for various aspects of inherited metabolic disease and recently a book chapter on hyperammonaemia.


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Professor Jim Bonham MSc, PhD, CSci, FRCPath

Clinical Director for the Division of Pharmacy, Diagnostics and Genetics

Professor Bonham is laboratory lead for Newborn Screening on behalf of the UK Newborn Screening Programme. He has long standing interests in inherited metabolic disease, quality assurance and the conduct of newborn screening and has been closely involved with the introduction of inherited metabolic disorders into the newborn screening programme in the UK. He is also keen to establish links to support activity in developing countries seek to establish IMD and screening services.


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Dr Simon Olpin MSc, PhD, FRCPath, CSci, EuroClinChem

Consultant Clinical Scientist in Inherited Metabolic Disease

Trained as a clinical biochemist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge and moved to Sheffield in 1987 to work in inherited metabolic disease under the directorship of Professor Rodney Pollitt. Moved with the Department to Sheffield Children’s Hospital in early 1988.

Over subsequent years developed the tissue culture & enzyme assay service covering a wide range of inherited metabolic disorders including a national/international service for the diagnosis of fatty acid oxidation defects and glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency. Currently Consultant Clinical Scientist in Inherited Metabolic Disease.

Lectures regularly at regional, national and international level on topics covering a wide range of inherited metabolic diseases but especially on inherited defects of mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation. Other particular interests include the post mortem investigation of metabolic disease, metabolic muscle disease and neurometabolic disorders. Committee member for BIMDG. Published over 70 peer reviewed articles and five book chapters.


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Joanne Croft BSc(Hons), MSc

Lead Clinical Scientist in the Tissue Culture Section of Clinical Chemistry.

Joanne is Principal Clinical Scientist in Clinical Chemistry at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust working in the fields of acute and metabolic biochemistry. Joanne's areas of interest include the diagnosis and monitoring of all areas of inherited metabolic disease particularly organic acidaemias, peroxisomal disorders and amino acid disorders. She has developed assays including GCMS methods and enzyme assays.

She is one of the Scientific Advisors for the Diagnostic Proficiency Testing scheme for ERNDIM, is a member of the BIMDG and SSIEM and is the website administrator for the MetBioNet, the Trent Metabolic service and the Sheffield Laboratory websites.


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Sharon Colyer BSc(Hons), MSc

Sharon is a Senior Clinical Scientist in Clinical Chemistry at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust working in the fields of Acute and Metabolic Biochemistry, with developing interests in organic acidaemias and amino acid disorders.


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Jennifer Watkinson BSc(Hons), MSc

Jennifer is the Chief Biomedical Scientist in the Metabolic Section of the Clinical Chemistry and Newborn Screening department at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. She is the MetBioNet BMS trainer and is a committee member on the MetBioNet BMS training group.


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Louisa Smith

Louisa Smith is a Senior Biomedical Scientist in the Metabolic Section of the Clinical Chemistry and Newborn Screening department at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust.


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Catherine Dibden BSc, MSc, DipRCPath

Catherine is a Principal Clinical Scientist in the Department of Clinical Chemistry and Newborn Screening at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. Her main role is in Newborn Screening.


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Lynette Shakespeare BSc, MSc, PhD, MSc, FRCPath

Deputy Director of Newborn Screening.

Lynette is a Senior Clinical Scientist in the Department of Clinical Chemistry and Newborn Screening at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. Her main role is in Newborn Screening, with developing interests in Metabolic Biochemistry.


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Joyce Baston

Joyce is Lead Biomedical Scientist in Newborn Screening within the Department of Clinical Chemistry and Newborn Screening at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust.


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Claire Hart MSc, FRCPath

Claire is a Clinical Scientist who previously worked at Sheffield Children’s Hospital for a number of years after completing her clinical scientist training but left in 2007 to set up a Biochemical Genetics service (organic acids, amino acids, acylcarnitines, VLCFA, sterols, GAG electrophoresis) at KK Women’s and Children's Hospital in Singapore and was also involved with expanded newborn screening there. After returning to the UK she worked in the Willink Biochemical Genetics laboratory in Manchester helping to set up the expanded newborn screening project in Manchester amongst other things, and picked up some useful knowledge about testing for lysosomal disorders along the way. She recently returned to Sheffield and now works predominantly in metabolic and acute biochemistry whilst also studying part time for an MSc in Health Data Science.


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Helen Chapman MSc

Helen is a Senior Biomedical Scientist in the Metabolic Section of the Clinical Chemistry and Newborn Screening department at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust.