Remembering a gifted cell biologist and electron microscopist
The Karen L. Anderson Memorial Fund is established to remember a gifted cell biologist and highly skilled electron microscopist whose dedicated service and career in science made her an invaluable member of the Sanford Burnham Prebys family. Karen lost her battle to cancer, a challenging disease she herself studied with meticulous detail.
Karen developed unique protocols that would allow researchers to learn the behavior of individual molecules in living cells that promote cell migration and, on the flip side, spread cancer cells through metastasis. Karen worked on these cell preparations on the most advanced microscope in the world, the Titan Krios Microscope located here at the Institute. In her 16 years at Sanford Burnham Prebys, dozens of technicians and researchers from laboratories all over the world came to learn her protocols that enabled scientists to see details in cells. Though she was due for retirement, she delayed her plans so she could pass on her knowledge to the scientific community.
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