Karen Andrade, Ph.D.

Karen Andrade is a Civic Science Fellow at the Science Philanthropy Alliance. An interdisciplinary environmental health scientist by training, Karen has expertise in community based participatory research, and a robust track record of engaging diverse communities in science.  The breadth and depth of her scientific knowledge is coupled with the firm conviction of the essential role of basic sciences, the benefit of cross-disciplinary approaches, and an enduring interest in exploring the role of science in society. She recently completed postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford and University of California, Davis where she led biomedical and environmental health research to benefit marginalized and vulnerable communities. Her interest in exploring new paths to inspire support of, and engagement with, science led her to found and direct the University of California, Berkeley Science Shop when she was a graduate student. This student led organization facilitated research collaborations between University of California, Berkeley students and San Francisco Bay Area communities with environmental research needs. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and earned a Ph.D. in environmental science from the University of California, Berkeley. Karen’s work aims to co-create civic science tools, knowledge, and best practices to inform and inspire philanthropy for basic science; aimed to support the Alliance in laying the foundations of a social movement led by philanthropy and dedicated to advancing investment in science.