Katharina M. Rentsch studied pharmacy at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland and obtained the pharmacist’s license in 1988. Thereafter she got a certification as specialist for laboratory medicine FAMH for clinical chemistry and clinical immunology in 1991. In 1996 she finished her PhD thesis on TDM of cytostatic drugs at the ETH Zurich. In 2003 she finished her habilitation in the field of clinical chemistry at the department of chemistry and applied biosciences of the ETH Zurich and in 2007 she habilitated at the medical faculty of the University Zurich, Switzerland. In 2010 she became an adjunct professor at the medical faculty of the University Zurich and in 2012 at the medical faculty of the University Basel. In 2007 she certified as a clinical toxicologist GTFCh.
From 1994 to 2011 Dr Rentsch has been the head of the laboratory for drug analysis and clinical toxicology at the Institute for Clinical Chemistry, University Hospital Zurich. Since December 2011 she is the head of the division of clinical chemistry at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland. Since May 2014 head of the laboratory medicine at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland.
Her main research interest is the development of new analytical methodologies for TDM and CT, and their application in different clinical studies as well as the implementation of TDM procedures for new drugs. She is author or co-author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications, 8 book chapters and over 60 published oral or poster presentations.
Dr Rentsch is a member of and serves on committees for several professional organizations including: Swiss Society of Clinical Chemistry (SSCC), the International Association of Forensic Toxicology (TIAFT), the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), the German Society of Toxicological and Forensic Chemistry (GTFCh) and IATDMCT. Since 2006 she is member of the IATDMCT Clinical Toxicology/Drugs of Abuse Committee and has been a member of the scientific board of the Basel Meeting in 2003 and of the local organizing meeting of the Stuttgart Meeting in 2011.