Dr Karen Tkaczyk is a British/US dual citizen, married to a French/US dual citizen. She grew up in the UK, mainly in Scotland, and now lives in the Denver, Colorado area. She works as a highly-specialized French into English freelance technical translator. Her formal education gave her both chemistry and language qualifications:
- MChem in Chemistry with French (University of Manchester, UK, 1994)
- Diploma in French (University of Cambridge, UK, 1997)
- PhD in Organic Chemistry (University of Cambridge, UK, 1998)
She worked in the pharmaceutical industry in France (research chemist, lab to pilot scale) as a one-year work placement that was part of her first degree. After her PhD she moved to Ireland to work in the pharmaceutical industry there (development chemist, lab to pilot to manufacturing validation batches). In 1999 she relocated to the USA. She worked as QA Manager in a small topical medical devices and cosmetics manufacturer until 2001.