Dr Waterhouse graduated from the University of Manchester, U.K., with a first class honours degree in Cell Biology in 2005. She received her PhD from the University of Sydney in 2011 with Prof. Anthony Weiss, where she worked on biomimetic coronary stent coatings to treat coronary artery disease, with Assoc. Prof. Martin Ng at the Heart Research Institute and Prof. Marcela Bilek in the School of Physics, University of Sydney.
Dr Waterhouse did her post-doctoral training at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University as part of Harvard Medical School, with Prof. Don Ingber, focusing on anti-thrombogenic and anti-biofouling coatings for application in extracorporeal circuits and indwelling medical devices. She then moved into a Research Scientist and team lead role at the Wyss Institute, developing extracorporeal circuits for the removal of pathogens from the bloodstream to treat sepsis. Her work at the Wyss Institute contributed to the launch of 2 medical device start-up companies.
Dr Waterhouse is currently a Group Leader of the Cardiovascular Medical Devices Group at the Charles Perkins Centre as part of the Central Clinical School, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, with a joint appointment at the Heart Research Institute and membership at the University of Sydney Nano Institute. She received a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council in 2016 and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Her multidisciplinary groups’ research primarily combines cardiovascular medical device engineering and biological interactions at material interfaces, with a focus on biomimetic approaches to improve medical devices and diagnostics. Dr Waterhouse’s contributions to the field of bioengineering include novel surface coatings to impart material functionalities and/or alter material properties, and the development of technology and methodology to understand the interaction of materials with biological matter, focusing not only on proteins and mammalian cells, but also on microorganisms, and complex fluids such as blood.