Karen Fortmann

Special guest

Karen received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from San Diego State University and her Masters and Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry from the 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, a yeast manufacturing company in San Diego, CA. Her postdoctoral studies focused on the various “omics” of fermentation as well as internal applied sciences. In January of 2016 she was hired as a Senior Scientist with White Labs and in January of 2020 was promoted to Head of Research and Development. She currently leads the scientific research projects within the company and manages the Compliance Department.

Karen Fortmann has been a guest on 2 episodes.