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Karen Massam

Science Technician

I graduated with a first class honours degree in Applied Biosciences and Chemistry from Robert Gordon University and went on to work in the oil and gas industry for over 20 years. I started working in biological and chemical research to develop methods to remediate waste generated from oil drilling operations. I was able to work on many exciting projects, such as using earthworms (yes worms!) to bioremediate oily waste in New Zealand. I have authored and published many technical research papers and also a few patents. I later moved into product and business development roles, which gave me the opportunity to travel to many places round the world. I lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for 3 years and then moved to Basel, Switzerland for 2 years. After moving to Houston in 2018, I joined The British International School as the Science Technician. My role is to make sure all the classes have everything they need to complete the exciting practical lessons we do in Science. I also work as a cover/science teacher. 

I am originally from Aberdeen in Scotland. I have lived in Houston since 2018, with my husband and son, who is in Year 8 at BIS Houston. In my spare time I love to dance and used to run my own Scottish dance school. Since moving here, I have expanded my dancing repertoire by learning to line dance, although I am yet to buy any cowboy boots! Now I spend most of my spare time watching my son playing soccer in the 100 degree heat!