Karen serves as Senior Manager – Clinical Operations at the Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes (TRI-MD) at AdventHealth. She oversees the operations of the clinical and phenotyping cores including Research Participant Recruiting, Research Clinic, Clinical Research Unit, Calorimetry, Exercise Testing and Training, Imaging, Metabolic Kitchen, and the Pharmacy.
Karen earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from Louisiana State University and is also a registered nurse. Following 5 years of bedside nursing in labor and delivery, she joined the research team at Pennington Biomedical Research Center where she served in the roles of research nurse, study coordinator, and project manager over the course of 5 years. She joined the team at the Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes in 2010 and was heavily involved in building the clinical operations capabilities of the institute.