Prior to teaching, Karen worked for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals as a protein chemist in product development. Her research focused on purification of novel proteins as potential drug therapeutics. She received a patent for the purification process of one protein, recombinant Bone Morphogenetic Protein 2. She received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Cornell University and a master of arts degree in biology from Harvard University. Her master's degree thesis focused on protein refolding.
- MA: Biology, (1996), Harvard University - Cambridge, Massachusetts
- BA: Biology, (1991), Cornell University - Ithaca, New York
Karen Hammerstone is teaching Anatomy and Physiology laboratories at UMass Lowell.