Dr Karen Hampson completed her MPhys at the University of Swansea in 2000. She then joined the Physics Department of Imperial College London where she completed her PhD in Adaptive Optics for Vision Science in 2004. After that, she continued to work in this area at the University of Bradford, Department of Optometry, where she contributed significantly to obtaining two EPSRC grants and developed several adaptive optics systems. Also during this time she completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice and became Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Karen joined the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford in August 2017, where she develops adaptive optics systems for microscopy and satellites.