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Karen Steward, PhD

Senior Scientific Specialist


After completing an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge in 2006, Karen became a research scientist at the Animal Health Trust, UK. During her time there, she completed a PhD in molecular microbiology and evolutionary genetics in partnership with the University of Cambridge and went on to hold a post-doctoral position. Her research focused on the fundamental biology of infectious diseases, outbreak analysis and the development of vaccines and diagnostic assays. In 2017 she left the lab to pursue a career in science communication. As senior scientific specialist, Karen employs her wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience to coordinate and create a range of scientific content, tools and resources for the site and provide scientific support across the teams.


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Published Content
Total: 224
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Industry Insight

Investing in the Future of Our People and Our Planet Through Science

We spoke to Geoff Winkett and Michel van den Berge from Agilent, about the importance of fostering academia–industry relationships and how the issue of sustainability is shaping the way they approach the development of new and existing solutions.
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Infographic

Ion Chromatography

Learn about ion chromatography, the mechanisms of separation incorporated in this family of techniques and some of the uses and interest areas IC is being applied to.
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Podcast

Opinionated Science Episode 41: Decoding Pig Grunts, Reviving the Christmas Rat and Your Gut vs Sushi

In the latest Opinionated Science, the TN team looks at a study of pigs’ emotions that may put you off your bacon, discover why an extinct rat shows the challenges of bringing species back from the dead and explore why bacteria of oceanic origin are key to your gut’s ability to digest a humble maki roll.

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Article

Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis, How It Works, Technique Variants and Its Applications

Gel electrophoresis is a fundamental technique for separating molecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins in laboratories across the biological disciplines. In this article, we will consider how polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) works, how it can be interpreted and some of its applications.
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Article

Agarose Gel Electrophoresis, How It Works and Its Uses

In this article, we will consider how agarose gel electrophoresis works, how it can be interpreted and some of its purposes with emphasis of its use for DNA separation.
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Listicle

The Impact of Industry and Technology on the Next Generation of Scientists

In this listicle, we summarize the findings from the "Science Futures" project and highlight three areas in which industry and technology are impacting the next generation of scientists.
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Infographic

Diagnosing Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases may be caused by a plethora of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites and finding the culprit is key to treatment and resolution. In this infographic, we explore how infectious diseases are diagnosed and the assays used to achieve this.
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Industry Insight

Agilent Science Futures – An Interview With Joyce O’Grady

In this interview, Joyce explains the impact her work could have on society, tells us about the benefits that open-source technology has had on her research and highlights the importance of researcher support programs.
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Article

qPCR Analysis, How a qPCR Machine Works and qPCR Protocol

In this article, we will consider how qPCR works, experimental requirements, data analysis and applications of the technique.
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Industry Insight

Agilent Science Futures – An Interview With Tijmen Bos

In this instalment of Science Futures, we hear from Tijmen Bos, a PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. Tijmen discusses the impact his research could have on society and how interactions with industry have helped progress his research and prepare him for the end of his PhD.
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