Group Leader, Cyber Risk Reduction
Group Leader, Cyber Risk Reduction


Karen Taylor has been at PNNL since 2016. She currently serves as the group leader for the Cyber Risk Reduction Group within the Emerging Threats and Technologies Division. She continues to serve as a program development manager for the Special Programs sector in the National Security Directorate (NSD), people manager in the Data Sciences and Analytics Group, and lead for the NSD biodefense capability development strategy. For the latter role, she works closely with researchers, PNNL leadership, and U.S. government stakeholders to address key research and development gaps.

Prior to PNNL, Karen worked in Washington, DC, at not-for-profit research and development contractors, to include Battelle Memorial Institute, as a counter weapons of mass destruction subject matter expert for various U.S. government agencies, with particular focus on biodefense. 

Karen earned her Master of Public Health in epidemiology from George Mason University, focusing on biostatistics and infectious disease.


  • Master of Public Health, Epidemiology, George Mason University
  • Master of Arts, Food Studies, New York University
  • Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, Tufts University