Karen completed a BSc (Hons) in Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences in Dublin City University in 2006, including a 6 month internship at Hewlett-Packard in 2005. She then joined the Nanotechnology Group at Tyndall National Institute-University College Cork where she undertook a PhD exploring fabrication methodologies for discrete nanostructures and investigated their suitability to sensing/diagnostic applications. From this work, a patent & several high impact publications were also produced. After her graduation in 2011, she took up a postdoctoral researcher role in the Nanotechnology group, leading several SFI and H2020 projects in themes including security, animal health, human health and excellent science. In 2015, Karen returned to DCU taking up a Research Fellow role at the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, leading an Enterprise Ireland funded Commercialisation Project, developing a clinic ready non-invasive medical diagnostic device and deploying it into multiple clinical sites. Karen has now joined the Insight@DCU team as Research Integration Coordinator.