Karen McLaren | Project_Manager

McLaren, Karen

Karen is a Project Manager in the Project Management Office

Current Project Portfolio:

  • Implementation of a Recruitment Module to the current HRIS

Previous Projects:

  • Migration of DNA Pipelines into new on site labs
  • Implementaiton of Bespoke In-House and Software as a Service products to pipeline groups
  • Set up of services on site for iPS generation (including build and kit out of lab)

I also support various individuals within the Institute to approach change and transformation using the structure and tools of the Project Management system we have developed.

I use my experience in the field of genomics in my current role and I am excited to be able to continue to be part of the Institute's world class research effort. I am an energetic advocate of the change agenda and use knowledge of the evolution of the Institute from early sequencing pioneer to the diverse application of genomics for human health to promote change and continuous improvement.

I am part of the Public Engagement programme and give talks to visiting parties detailing the history, legacy and current application of the first genome sequencing projects: C. elegans, Human, Mouse, Zebrafish on our science. I have recently become a STEM ambassador.


  • Genome sequence of the nematode C. elegans: a platform for investigating biology.

    C. elegans Sequencing Consortium

    Science (New York, N.Y.) 1998;282;5396;2012-8

  • Initial sequencing and comparative analysis of the mouse genome.

    Mouse Genome Sequencing Consortium, Waterston RH, Lindblad-Toh K, Birney E, Rogers J et al.

    Nature 2002;420;6915;520-62

  • The DNA sequence and biological annotation of human chromosome 1.

    Gregory SG, Barlow KF, McLay KE, Kaul R, Swarbreck D et al.

    Nature 2006;441;7091;315-21

  • The tomato genome sequence provides insights into fleshy fruit evolution.

    Tomato Genome Consortium

    Nature 2012;485;7400;635-41

  • The zebrafish reference genome sequence and its relationship to the human genome.

    Howe K, Clark MD, Torroja CF, Torrance J, Berthelot C et al.

    Nature 2013;496;7446;498-503

McLaren, Karen
Karen's Timeline

Project Manager: Scientific Operations Programme Management Office


Interim Operations Team Leader: Illumina High Throughput Sequencing


Project Manager: DNAP Transformation Programme and Cellular Generation and Phenotyping


Scientific Manager: Human, Mouse and Zebrafish Genome Sequencing Projects


Technical Assistant: C. elegans Sequencing Project, Human Genome Sequencing Project