ERIN MCCARTY

Senior Research Scientist & Quality Assurance Manager

 Erin’s pathology career spans nearly 20 years. She has extensive experience in human and veterinary diagnostic labs across the country, as well as research academia. Erin studied History at Southern Utah University, and was later issued a Clinical Laboratory Technologist license by the University of the State of New York Education Department in 2007. In 2009, Erin helped Dr. Ward begin SpecialtyVETPATH.

For the past several years, Erin worked as a staff scientist within the University of Washington’s Pathology department. This allowed her to apply her considerable histochemistry knowledge toward the development of novel methods for clearing and staining whole tissue sections for 3D imaging by high-resolution fluorescence microscopy. In 2017, Erin won a coveted platform presentation at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology’s 106th annual meeting for an abstract describing one of her methods for rapid preparation of prostate needle core biopsies for light-sheet microscopy. Erin has been a guest lecturer and presenter at several labs and departments within the University of Washington and Fred Hutch. She is passionate about accessible healthcare, biomedical ethics, and designing affordable diagnostic methods that can be utilized by underfunded clinics and providers.

In late 2018, Erin and Dr. Ward met up to share adult beverages and geek-out over sundry pathology and research-related topics. Recognizing the benefits for clinicians and patients in bringing novel histochemistry and microscopy methods to veterinary anatomic pathology, Dr. Ward invited Erin to return to SpecialtyVETPATH as Senior Research Scientist, and shortly thereafter, Lab Manager.

When she’s not fixating on shiny microscopic objects in the lab, Erin enjoys kayaking, learning to cook (finally!), and serving her community as a civilian Volunteer in Police Service.

Selected Publications:
“Clarification of Prostate Needle Biopsies with 2,2’ Thiodiethanol Rapidly and Efficiently Prepares Tissue for 3D Light-Sheet Microscopy”, McCarty, E.F. et al, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, 106 th Annual Meeting, March 6, 2017, San Antonio, TX.

Reder, N.P., Glaser, A.K., McCarty, E.F., Chen, Y.P., True, L.D., Liu, J.T.C. (2018) “Open-top light sheet (OTLS) fluorescence microscopy image atlas of prostate core-needle biopsies” ARCHIVES of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Glaser, A.K., Reder, N.P., Chen, Y.P., McCarty, E.F., Yin, C., Wei, L., Wang, Y., True, L.D., and Liu, J.T.C. (2017) “Light-sheet microscopy for slide-free non-destructive pathology of large clinical specimens” Nature Biomedical Engineering 1, 0084

Associations:
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS)

Photo Credit: Jeanette Bath

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