Dr Karen Cloete is one of the SAYAS Co-Chairs. She is currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences, National Research Foundation, where her research is focused on the biological applications of ion beam techniques. She has authored and co-authored a number of international journal publications in multidisciplinary fields and has also provided editorial assistance for various academic manuscripts and a treatment guideline. She has convened and lectured a module on writing and publishing scientific papers for MSc (MedSci) in Clinical Epidemiology students, taught a course to microbiology honours students on fungal genomic DNA extraction, and has also organized and presented workshops on research supervision and project management, academic writing, publishing, and presentation to postgraduate registrars, clinical consultants, and senior scientists. Her research has been highlighted in popular media and she has also been the recipient of various scholarships and grants. She has served on several committees, as a reviewer for international journals, as a consultant for the Language Centre of Stellenbosch University, and as a scientist for commercial companies. She strongly believes in the power of science to affect positive change and is currently designing new studies on evaluating elemental profiles in human scalp hair related to disease pathology using ion beam analysis techniques.