Karen’s background is cross-disciplinary as she holds Master degrees in both Clinical Nutrition and Broadcasting from Imperial College and Goldsmith College, University of London respectively. Currently undertaking a PhD in nutrition and dementia at Imperial, her previous research and publication has been in the area of Iodine at ETH, Zurich. She is also certified as a Sport Nutritionist with International Society of Sports Nutritionists. Prior to academic research, Karen was a Systems Specialist Engineer for the BBC. Her approach to nutrition and health is holistic and adaptive and influenced in part by her technical experience where a whole systems approach to problem-solving and troubleshooting is favoured. She also has a good understanding of media technologies for educational purposes, having worked for Stanford Instructional television network at Stanford University, California, whilst engaged as a Research Scholar.
On a personal note, she is very familiar with the role and difficulties faced by carers and family members. She has worked alongside carers in Scotland providing support to her father who suffered with advanced dementia before passing, so knows from experience how physically and emotionally demanding providing care support can be.