Karen MacKechnie

        Karen in white lab coat in the laboratory preparing sterile medium for algal cultures.

CCAP Support Scientist/CCAP-ARIES Lab Manager

I’ve lived in Oban all my life and have had various jobs in different career sectors. I joined SAMS as a member of the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP) team in February 2017 after taking a chance on doing something completely different.

I am now extremely lucky to have a job I enjoy, much to the envy of friends and family.

Contact details:
  • karen.mackechnie@sams.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1631 559 381

My role at SAMS

As a Support Scientist, I am a curator of strains including Cyanobacteria, Brown seaweeds, Seaweed pathogens and Protozoa. I support cryopreservation and molecular microbiology activities within the collection as well as a phytoplankton analyst for the toxic phytoplankton monitoring programme at SAMS. As CCAP-ARIES lab Manager I am responsible for the large scale up equipment such as our 4*70L photobioreactors.