Kathrin Gassei, PhD

Kathrin Gassei

Executive Director 

Commercial Translation leader 

Senior Program Manager, Center for Commercial Applications of Healthcare Data

Digital Health commercial translation lead in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance.

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Education & Experience

Kathrin was most recently a Biologist at Immunetrics, where she supported the integration of biological pathways into scalable mathematical models for the in-silico modeling of autoimmune diseases. Prior to joining Immunetrics, Kathrin completed a MSc in Biotechnology and a PhD in Biology at the University of Münster, Germany, as well as a Certificate in Medical Product Innovation at the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. She previously worked as a Clinical Scientist at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital where her research focused on new methods to protect and restore chemotherapy-induced infertility in pediatric and adult cancer patients.


Graduate Certificate “Medical Product Innovation”, Center for Medical Innovation, Pittsburgh
PhD, Biology, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany.
MS, Biotechnology, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany.

Research Experience

Postdoctoral Research

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Magee-Womens Research Institute, Pittsburgh

  • In vivo and in vitro models to study germ line development and male germ line stem cell regulation.

Research Associate, Dept. of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of UPMC

  • Developed a novel method for microRNA molecular diagnostics, leading to a provisional patent filing.
  • Responsible for IRB protocol maintenance.

Graduate Research

Graduate Student Researcher, Dept. of Cell Biology & Physiology, University of Pittsburgh

  • Development of a 3-D cell culture system for the in vitro reconstruction of germ line stem cell niches.

Undergraduate Research
Research Assistant, Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Münster, Germany

  • General lab management and maintenance in neuroscience lab focused on the inflammatory response after transient focal cerebral ischemia.

Intern, Aventis Pharma, Dept. of Drug Innovation & Approval, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  • Development of cell based assays for high throughput screening using inducible gene expression of putative target receptors in mammalian cell lines.

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Commercial Translation Experience

Translation Experience

Clinical Scientist at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA

  • Responsible for the implementation and operation of several research studies in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Commercialization Experience

Isothermal Amplification Assay for the Detection of Short Nucleic Acid Sequences. 2015. Patent application # PCT/US2015/059862