Karen Carney, PhD

Commercial Translation Associate

Leads project teams in sciVelo’s Digital Health theme through the commercial translation process

Clinical Content Analyst

Via Oncology
Manages and develops medical content of clinical decision support software tools

Education and Experience

Karen is a Clinical Content Analyst at Via Oncology, an Elsevier Company. She builds relationships with key opinion leaders in academic and community medical centers across the country to drive to evidence-based consensus on optimal standards of care for cancer patients and translates these verdicts into decision support software tools. She is also actively involved in the leadership of the Pittsburgh chapter of Women in Bio and works to plan professional development and networking events throughout the year. She is passionate about improving patient outcomes and supporting the professional and personal development of her peers. Previously, Karen served as Chief Operating Officer at Fourth River Solutions, a not-for-profit STEM consulting group, and helped local entrepreneurs solve business problems. Her academic research career focused on cell-cell interactions in the brain and their role in memory formation, lactation, osmotic regulation, neurodegeneration, and the tumor microenvironment. Karen holds two PhDs in molecular neurobiology from the Vrije University Amsterdam and the University of Bordeaux and completed her postdoctoral training in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2017.


Postdoctoral training, Department of Neurology, University of Pittsburgh
PhD, Molecular Neurobiology, Vrije University Amsterdam
PhD, Molecular Neurobiology, University of Bordeaux
Master of Research, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Groningen
BS, Biopsychology, Eckerd College

Research Experience

Postdoctoral Research
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Neurology, University of Pittsburgh
  • Examined the roles of sodium-proton exchanger (NHE1) and sodium-potassium-chloride cotransporter (NKCC1) in the modulation of tumor malignancy in both microglia and glioma cells.

  • Graduate Research
    Graduate Student Researcher, Department of Molecular Neurobiology, University of Bordeaux and Vrije University Amsterdam
  • Utilized mass spectrometry and behavioral assays to identify astrocyte proteins involved in synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus and supraoptic nucleus.

  • Graduate Student Researcher, Charité Berlin
  • Conducted conditional ablation of microglia using transgenic mice to examine microglia-mediated changes in neurogenesis associated gene expression in the mouse hippocampus under environmental enrichment.

  • Graduate Student Researcher, Research School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences, University of Groningen
  • Induced two common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) into UTF1, a gene involved in proper stem cell differentiation, and assessed effects on protein functionality.

  • Undergraduate Research
    Undergraduate Student Researcher, Department of Biopsychology, Eckerd College
  • Combined techniques of overexpression and RNAi directed at the MAP protein tau in C. elegans to model the neurodegeneration seen in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Commercial Translation Experience

    Via Oncology
  • Performs customer discovery and validation of new software tools

  • Fourth River Solutions
    Chief Operating Officer, Project Manager, and Consultant
  • Worked to develop business plan to bring new medical device to market including market sizing, competitive analysis, patent landscape, regulatory hurdles, reimbursement, and practical exit strategies.
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