Kate Young, Lab Manager

Kate Young

Laboratory Manager

Kate Young joined Lifelab in 2021 as our Laboratory Manager, following 7 years in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) for the Oak Clinic Group in Japan. Coordinating a team of 6, her expertise in processing protocols and validations has allowed us to gain ISO 9001 accreditation status and work towards Good Lab Practice and further ISO. After completing her BSc Combined Science: Human and Environmental Biological Studies in 1995, she describes herself as having ’detailed research skills and a very innovative mindset’.

Whilst working in embryology, Kate worked on 14 different publications including, ‘trophectoderm biopsy and human blastocyst development’, and talked at the ‘European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology’. Kate is a trusted member of the Lifelab team and her attention to detail ensures that each test is in safe hands and able to be validated.

Kate's Posts:

Rolled oats in a bowl

Oat Allergy Guide

Last Updated: 11 Apr 2023

Oat allergy has recently struck the headlines because of the rise in gluten sensitivity. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains. Since oats and similar grains are processed and packaged in the factories or warehouses as these grains with gluten, cross-contamination occurs, which results in symptoms upon eating oats or oat products

Sugar cubes next to a bowl of heaped sugar

Sugar Allergy Guide

Last Updated: 06 Mar 2023

Sugar is found in fruits and vegetables and added to various foods to make them sweeter. You can also find it in milk, desserts, and condiments. When you have a sugar allergy, it can be tricky to avoid it, considering you’re likely to consume dairy, desserts, fruits, pastries, or even ice cream regularly. Sugar is

Soy beans, tofu, soy sauce and other soy products on a table

Soy Allergy Guide

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2023

Soy is a common ingredient in many processed foods, as well as commonly found in baby formula. For many people, ingesting soy is harmless and a good protein source, especially for plant-based diets. Soy allergy occurs when your body reacts to soy protein. If you ingest or drink soy and you’re allergic to it, your

An image of multiple potatoes

Potato Allergy Guide

Last Updated: 06 Feb 2023

Potatoes are a staple in the western diet, found in snacks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They can merge easily into any meal of the day. Compared to nuts and other types of allergies, potatoes are a lesser-known type of allergy affecting fewer adults and children. However, it can be severe to the extent of being

An image of many strawberries

Strawberry Allergy Guide

Last Updated: 02 Feb 2023

Strawberries are among the most consumed fruits around the globe, especially in Summer. When it’s warm weather in the UK, there’s nothing better than eating strawberries with your picnic, with cream watching Wimbledon or in your eton mess dessert. Because of this, there are even periods when strawberry sales outsell household staples like bread and

An image of multiple onions.

Onion Allergy Guide

Last Updated: 23 Jan 2023

An onion allergy occurs when your body mistakes onions for harmful substances. This, in turn, triggers the immune system to release antibodies to fight the “harmful” substance, and that’s when we witness onion allergy symptoms such as itchiness, vomiting, trouble breathing, and others. Onions are a common ingredient in salads and all cooked meals. It

An image of a pile of different nut types

Nut Allergy Guide

Last Updated: 17 Jan 2023

Nut allergies are among the most common food allergies affecting adults and children equally. Peanuts are legumes like chickpeas and lentils, and there is a difference between peanut allergy and tree nut allergy. However, around 25-40% of people with peanut allergies are allergic to at least one other nut {1}. Most people with a nut

Multiple kiwis in a grey bowl

Kiwi Allergy Guide

Last Updated: 10 Jan 2023

Kiwi, also known as Chinese gooseberry, is a fruit which is relatively common in people’s diets as it is rich in nutrients and tasty. However, there are some individuals who experience uncomfortable symptoms after eating or touching the fruit. Kiwis can impact individuals in different ways, with some people experiencing severe reactions that others only

Egg Intolerance Guide

Last Updated: 14 Dec 2022

Egg intolerance and allergy is a common issue for many people, affecting 0.2% to 7% of the population 1. Considering eggs are a popular ingredient in many meals, and offer great nutritional benefits, it may come as a disappointment if you are experiencing negative symptoms when eating eggs. Within this useful egg intolerance guide, we

An avocado split in two halves

Avocado Allergy Guide

Last Updated: 14 Dec 2022

Avocados are a popular fruit used in salads, brunches, sandwiches and guacamole. They offer a range of health benefits, as they are high in fibre, healthy fat and nutrients. However, for some people, avocados trigger uncomfortable intolerance or allergy symptoms. Within this guide, we will discuss the difference between an avocado allergy and intolerance, including

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