Karla is responsible for research policy leadership, research administration guidance, and overseeing strategic communications for the Office of the Dean for Research. Karla represents the Office on numerous University-wide committees and initiatives. She also represents the University in its relationships with various public and private funding and regulatory agencies. Karla received her doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of California-San Diego and was a postdoctoral fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, focusing on protein structure and folding. Prior to joining Princeton, she was a co-founder in two start-up companies focused on developing biological drug candidates.