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Senior Scientific Specialist

 at Technology Networks


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, lead and innovate interdepartmental projects and provide scientific support across the teams.


Education


University of Cambridge  

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)  


Awards & Certifications


National Finalist in Biotechnology Young Entrepreneur Scheme

Walter and Dorothy Plowright Memorial Prize for Young Researchers, 2nd

National Finalist in SET for Britain


Accreditations


Good Clinical Practice (GCP) trained

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines - Distinction recognised by Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

Natural Sciences, BA (Hons), MA recognised by University of Cambridge

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) recognised by University of Cambridge

Member recognised by American Society for Microbiology

Member recognised by Microbiology Society

Member recognised by The Veterinary Research Club


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