Karen's research encompasses autoimmunity, DNA damage and nutrigenomics as she manages dual projects at the Flinders University/Flinders Medical Centre Immunology Department investigating clinical associations of autoantibodies in scleroderma patients and at the CSIRO Nutritional Genomics and DNA Damage Diagnostic Laboratory where she is investigating DNA damage and genomic instability, also in scleroderma patients.
Since 2013 Karen has had a keen interest in facilitating interaction between researchers and the broader community including business, government and NGOs. Karen is a keen advocate for the incorporation of entrepreneurship into the training and professional development of STEMM Ph.D. students and a revised national funding scheme for STEMM research.
Tutor, Introductory Academic Program
Karen has extensive experience in Event Management having worked with clients from both the public and private sector. Karen is the founding president of the Flinders University Postgraduate Society (Faculty Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences) where her aim is to facilitate engagement between research, government, business and the broader community. Karen is a member of the Faculty Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences Board, a committee member of the Faculty Medicine Nursing & Health Sciences Research Committee and a former elected member of the Flinders University Council (2015). Karen is committed to incorporating entrepreneurship into STEMM Ph.D. education and advocates for a revised national funding system for STEMM research.
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