Karen Fortman

Karen Fortman, Ph.D

Head of R&D


Karen received both her Masters and Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry from University of California, San Diego. During her graduate studies, she worked on characterizing the functional and molecular traits of a degron in IκBα, the inhibitor of the transcription factor NFκB, in the laboratory of Dr. Alexander Hoffmann. Rather than going the traditional biotechnology route, she decided to explore fermentation sciences and in July 2014, she became the first Postdoctoral Research Scientist at White Labs, Inc.

Her postdoctoral studies focused on the various “omics” of fermentation as well as internal applied sciences. In January of 2016, she was hired on as a Senior Research Scientist with White Labs. In her new position, she is continuing her postdoctoral studies and manages the Innovation Biology Labs. 

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