Karen trained as a Chemist, obtaining her degree in Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry at the University of Leeds. She then completed her PhD in Biophysics at Imperial College London. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry and held research and laboratory management roles at King's College London. She then moved into research management, working as a Department Manager for three years at King's College London.
Her role at the University of Surrey is as project manager for the TRaDiP project, evaluating the impact of supplementary prescribing by dietitians and independent prescribing by therapeutic radiographers.