Karen Cadwallader, BSc (Hons), PhD
Science Lead Manager
Immunology and Immunotoxicology

Huntingdon, United Kingdom
I have more than 30 years of experience in nonclinical research and assay development in range of scientific environments, from large pharma to start-up biotech and academic institutions. My background and PhD is in signal transduction and I have experience with various signal transduction assays including investigating MAPK, JNK, PI3K and PLD. In my career, I have managed flow cytometry facilities, building up extensive experience of cell based assays and flow cytometry, as well as cell sorting.

At Covance, I lead a team of scientists that conduct method feasibility, method validation and analysis of samples in support of clinical and nonclinical studies using flow cytometry and cell-based assays. I enjoy working with a great team that are fully engaged, enthusiastic and committed to their work. I appreciate that when interacting with people across the business, we are all working towards the same goals.

Outside of work, I spend most of my time watching my two sons playing football and rugby. I also enjoy reading and cooking/baking. I horse ride and go to watch three-day events such as Badminton and Burghley horse trials. I also go to Wimbledon most years.

Reflecting on my career, one of my key highlights was contributing to a paper that was published in Science. I am proud of the work that we do every day at Covance to help get new medicines to patients. It is extremely rewarding to work on a test material that then makes it through to being used to improve people’s lives.

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