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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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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

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.
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.

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.
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.
Industry Insight

Agilent Science Futures – An Interview With Rajannya Sen

In this instalment of Science Futures, Rajannya discusses the real-world applications of her research and explains how technologies have steered her work.
Industry Insight

Agilent Science Futures – An Interview With Max Lennart Feuerstein

In this instalment of Science Futures, we hear from Max Lennart Feuerstein. Max tells us more about his research and how it could drive technical enhancements of data acquisition workflows

An Introduction to Culturing Bacteria

The ability to grow microbes is an essential step in being able to utilize their power, identify harmful culprits and advance our understanding and capabilities. In this article, we consider what bacterial culture is, factors affecting culture conditions, common problems and some of the numerous applications.
Industry Insight

Innovations and Key Themes for ASMS 2021

While many of us are still attending events remotely, ASMS 2021 has been in full swing this year with in-person talks and events. To give you a taste of the topics proving popular this year, Technology Networks has produced a round up to highlight a selection of key themes and innovations.
Industry Insight

Agilent Science Futures – An Interview With Alexandra Richardson

In this interview, Alexandra Richardson tells us more about her research, the role that technology is playing in it and how important industry partnerships have been.