Karen Mak received both her B.Sc. in Biology and Ph.D. in Chemistry at HKUST. Her expertise lies in biosensors and bioanalytics. Karen has wide experience in teaching subjects from general science to master level bioanalytical chemistry over the last fifteen years. She taught chemistry in NUS before returning to work in Hong Kong. She has been teaching Common Core courses as a lecturer at HKU. Before the current position, Karen taught in Hong Kong Baptist University and The Education University of Hong Kong (former HK Institute of Education).
Karen appears occasionally on TV programs and various media outlets to communicate science. She also has her own YouTube channel explaining everyday life science. She translated the title Biotechnology in Cartoons (Springer). She has been involved in an EDB funded project developing STEM activities for secondary students with her colleagues.