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Karen graduated from the University of Liverpool with a B.Sc in genetics and received a Ph.D. from the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre, King’s College London, focusing on the study of genetic and genomic influences on behavior and mental health. Her current appointment is with Duke University’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and Center for Genomic and Computational Biology.
Her current research focus is on the collection and analysis of biological information in large longitudinal cohorts. In particular, she is interested in applying cutting-edge molecular approaches to understand the biological mechanisms influencing normal and abnormal behavior. To this end, Karen is responsible for the curation and analysis of genetic, epigenetic and transcriptomic data in the Dunedin Longitudinal Study and the E-Risk Study. Karen also teaches and advises on methodological issues related to biomarker collection and analysis in population-based cohorts.
Away from the laboratory, Karen enjoys spending time in nature walking and bird-watching, as well as gardening, upholstery and trying to accumulate as many animals as is possible.