Karen received a degree in biology from Luther College (Decorah, IA) in 2000 and a Master of Science degree in Human Genetics, Genetic Counseling from the University of Michigan in 2007. She is a genetic counselor in the Mayo Clinic Cytogenetics Laboratory. In addition, she is a member of the Education, Engagement, and Ethics Workgroup and the Structural Variation Workgroup for the International Collaboration for Clinical Genomics (ICCG). She also provides genetic counseling services for patients with Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) and chromosome anomalies. Her research interests include psychosocial issues in genetic counseling, adult and pediatric clinical genetics, HHT, and cytogenetics.