Catherine Ross

Favourite Thing: I love doing science experiments with my Brownies



I went to the University of Ulster from 1995-1997 2006-2008 and 2009-2010


I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science and a Masters in Health Science as well as lots of professional qualifications

Work History:

I have worked in the biggest hospital in Northern Ireland the Royal and now work in Craigavon Area Hospital

Current Job:

I am currently a Chief Cardiac Scientist


Southern Health and Social Care Trust

About Me

I love physics and rock music and talking about science!

I live with my husband Michael and twins Arwen and Ethan, and the newest edition to our family Shadow (she’s a big Black Flat coated Retriever) we also have some Marine fish, 2 Clown Fish (Nemos) and lots of other brightly coloured fish (who don’t have names)

I am a Brownies Leader (Girl Guides) and love spending time with my Brownies going on trips and having loads of fun!


My Work

I am a cardiac scientist

In work I use ultrasound to look inside people and examine their hearts.

You might not know but while everyones heart look kinda the same they are never exactly the same, and each persons heart size is unique to them.

Most peoples hearts are on the left side of their chest but not everyones! So its quite like being a detective when a Doctor has a question about a persons heart and I have to investigate to find out the answer.

My Typical Day

I start work at 8am and finish at 4pm and see around 8 patients per day.

Everyone is different so theres no such thing as a typical day. My first patient arrives at 08:00 and I see four patients before lunchtime, and another four in the afternoon.

I take all the images of the hearts and then perform all the calculations and reports for each of the patients. Some of the measurements are as small as 3mm, so its really important to get them correct. My office is really dark because that helps me make all the measurements so I can see all the tiny structures. So some days I dont even see the sky until I leave work at 4pm. So I like it when its sunny when I leave work!

What I'd do with the money

I would like to spend the money taking my Brownies to the Science Centre in Edinburgh

I took my children to the Science Centre in Edinburgh and they loved it and I have told my Brownies all about it and they would love to go.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Cool weird quirky

Who is your favourite singer or band?


What's your favourite food?

Chicken Korma

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

What did you want to be after you left school?

A doctor

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Of course not !

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I made a film with the Ri Royal Institution

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My dad

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

Mmmm not sure probably a doctor

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

happy, healthy and travel some more

Tell us a joke.

Two atoms were walking across a road when one of them said, “I think I lost an electron!” “Really!” the other replied, “Are you sure?” “Yes, I ‘m absolutely positive.”

Other stuff

Work photos: