Bioscience Careers

January 2, 2019

“Hope Is Not A Plan: Coaching Scientists for Success”

Thursday January 10th, 2019

5:00 – 6:00 pm in Health Sciences Building T-625

Karen Peterson, PhD

Director of the Office of Scientific Career Development

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Karen Peterson is the Scientific Ombuds and Director, Office of Scientific Career Development at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is the author of the Nature Guide to Life Science Careers. In addition, she is a member of the National Postdoctoral Association Advisory Council and the Advisory Council for Women-in-Biology, Seattle Chapter. She was a Career Consultant at Life Science Washington from 2017-2018.

Karen has built a career on work that facilitates success
in academia. Her professional work experience includes developing an
interdisciplinary training program, managing an astronomy outreach education
program, and her current roles that include facilitating scientist career
success and navigating conflicts for scientists. Most of her current work
involves managing expectations and preparing for success under less than ideal

Karen received a B.A. in Genetics from UC Berkeley and a
Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine from McGill University.  She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Fred
Hutch before making a career transition into administration.  She is often interviewed about research
training and ethics issues by journals such as Nature and Science.