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Dr Karen Piper

Role within the CfCWR

Dr Piper is the Programme Manager for the CfCWR and is responsible for the operational delivery/ co-ordination and management of the Centre.

Other positions held

Sep 2011 – present:
Programme Manager for the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC)

June 2012 – May 2017:
Scar Free Foundation Birmingham Burns Research Centre Manager


  • 1988 BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences, Portsmouth Polytechnic
  • 1991 PhD Immunoparasitology, NIMR, Mill Hill, London

Based at

The Institute of Translational Medicine (Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham)


Dr Piper gained her PhD in 1991, in the field of immuno-parasitology at the National Institute for Medical Research, London. She then spent 18 years as an immunologist working in tropical medicine (Marseille, Oxford) and then leukaemia/ bone marrow transplantation (Birmingham).

Karen joined the R & D department at UHBFT in 2009 as a clinical research grant co-ordinator facilitating grant submissions, including the NIHR SRMRC application, before she took up the programme manager position in 2011.

Contact details

+44 (0)121 371 4181