An interdisciplinary environmental health scientist by training, Karen Andrade has expertise in community-based participatory research and a robust track record of engaging diverse communities in science. The breadth and depth of her scientific knowledge is coupled with a firm conviction in the essential role of basic sciences, the benefit of cross-disciplinary approaches, and an enduring interest in exploring the role of science in society.
Karen recently completed postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford and the University of California, Davis, where she led biomedical and environmental health research to benefit marginalized and vulnerable communities. Her interest in exploring new paths to inspire support of, and engagement with, science led her to found and direct the University of California, Berkeley, Science Shop when she was a graduate student. This student-led organization facilitated research collaborations between Berkeley students and San Francisco Bay Area communities with environmental research needs. Karen is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and earned a Ph.D. in environmental science from the University of California, Berkeley.