Karen Faulds is a Professor in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde and an expert in the development of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and other spectroscopic techniques for novel analytical detection strategies and in particular multiplexed bioanalytical applications. She has published over 100 peer reviewed publications and has filed 5 patents. She has been awarded over £10M in funding as principal and co-investigator from EPSRC, charities, industry and governmental bodies. In 2009 she was presented with the Nexxus Young Life Scientist of the Year award and in 2011 was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland, the first such Academy amongst the national academies in the UK and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012. She was awarded the 2013 RSC Joseph Black Award, the 2016 Craver Award from the Coblentz Society and was also recently named as one of the Top 50 Women in Analytical Science by The Analytical Scientist. She has given over 50 invited talks at national and international conferences. She is the Strathclyde Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging, serves on the editorial board of RSC Advances and the editorial advisory board for Analyst and Chemical Society Reviews and is the current Chair of the UKs Infrared and Raman Discussion Group (IRDG).