Karen is Senior Manager, Scientific Affairs with Decernis, a company that delivers technology-enabled global risk management solutions for product development, safety and regulatory compliance, and market access. She has fifteen years of food protection experience and is focused on supporting the food industry in ensuring food authenticity and compliance with regulatory and GFSI food fraud requirements. She is the technical lead for the Food Fraud Database, a resource that collects and standardizes relevant food fraud data to support vulnerability assessments. She has previously held both research-based and applied roles in academia, government, and non-profit organizations, and has collaborated with members of the food industry and regulatory agencies on many projects. She received her PhD and MPH from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and began her food safety career on “Team D” at the Minnesota Department of Health.