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Karen Steward PhD

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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 science writer, 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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Molecular Spectroscopy Evolves To Meet Changing Pharma and Biopharma Needs
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Molecular Spectroscopy Evolves To Meet Changing Pharma and Biopharma Needs

We spoke to Geoff Winkett and Michel van den Berge from Agilent, about the concerns they hear from their customers in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical sector and how they are helping to address them.
Keeping Up With the Drive for Microplastics Detection
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Keeping Up With the Drive for Microplastics Detection

We spoke to Geoff Winkett and Michel van den Berge from Agilent, about the issues posed by microplastics analyses and how molecular spectroscopy is rising to the challenge.
Investing in the Future of Our People and Our Planet Through Science
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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.
Ion Chromatography
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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.
Opinionated Science Episode 41: Decoding Pig Grunts, Reviving the Christmas Rat and Your Gut vs Sushi
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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.

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

In this article, we will consider how polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) works, how it can be interpreted and some of its applications.
Agarose Gel Electrophoresis, How It Works and Its Uses
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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.
The Impact of Industry and Technology on the Next Generation of Scientists
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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.
Diagnosing Infectious Diseases
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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.
Agilent Science Futures – An Interview With Joyce O’Grady
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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