Dr Lorraine Gaunt graduated from Sheffield University followed by a PhD researching cytogenetic changes in leukaemia and lymphoma at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Lorraine moved to the Regional Cytogenetics Unit at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester in 1985 as head of prenatal services and became head of the Cytogenetics service in 1994. In 2010 she was appointed as head of the three genetics laboratories – cytogenetics, molecular genetics and biochemical genetics (The Willink Metabolic Unit).
Lorraine has been involved in considerable professional activities over her career, including introduction of competency based training to the profession, founder member, secretary then chair of the Association of Clinical Cytogeneticists training committee, Secretary and Chair of the Association of Clinical Cytogeneticists, Genetics representative for CPA-UK, has served on a number of Royal College of Pathology committees, is a RCPath examiner and recently involved in determining the shape of the Modernising Scientific Careers innovation. She is the Genetics representative for the NSHCS Life Sciences themed board and is the lead station writer and co-ordinator for the OSFA (Objective Structured Final Assessments) for the scientific training programme in Genetics.