Karen studied biological systems in college, with aspirations to someday have her own medical research lab. After graduation, she took some time to study stem cells extracted from fat tissue. She originally learned to program to more easily analyze and simulate her lab data, but she ended up enjoying tinkering with her scripts more than her lab work! Following this revelation, Karen pivoted; she moved to NYC and enrolled in Fullstack Academy as a student. She later was accepted into Fullstack’s Teaching Fellowship program where she discovered a love of teaching, leading her to her current position as an instructor. Karen is thrilled to currently teach at Fullstack's Grace Hopper Program, which is an immersive software engineering course for women with no upfront tuition cost.