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Mrs Karen Platt 

Deputy Senior Technical Manager (Research)

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Karen joined the University in 1980, employed as a research technician in the Department of Biochemistry. Following a School restructure in 2006 she moved to the role of Technical Team Leader, responsible for the management of the technical support for undergraduate practical classes on the Biochemistry program.

In 2010 the School relocated to a new state of the art purpose built facility on the Highfield campus. The new building houses 2 large communal laboratories and a number of specialised facilities. Karen had an involvement with the reorganisation and management of one of these laboratories and the Tissue Culture Facility.

Since 2013 Karen’s role has been as Deputy Senior Technical Manager in Biological Sciences. She has first line responsibility for the direction of the technical support of the laboratory research infrastructure within Biological Sciences. She plans and delegates the duties for the research technical staff at Highfield and Southampton General Hospital, ensuring that the services and varied requirements for research activities are provided efficiently, determining priorities and allocating resources to meet overall objectives and requirements. Karen has responsibility for the contract management, care and maintenance of core research equipment.

Karen is technical manager of the departments Tissue Culture Facilities and ensures compliance with Pressure Vessel Regulations.

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow– Ronald E. Osborn.

Career history

2013-present: Deputy Senior Technical Manager (Research). Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, UK.
2006-2013: Technical Team Leader. SoBS, University of Southampton, UK.
1980-2006: Research Laboratory Technician, SoBS, University of Southampton, UK.

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University of Southampton

Technical Manager Tissue Culture Facilities
Member of Core Equipment and Service contract group
Member of Athena Swan SAT
Member of research laboratories user group
Member of the UoS Technical Staff Form
Actively involved in HEaTED (Higher Education and Technicians Education & Development) training and networking events

Mrs Karen Platt
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 85/5081

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