Dr Karen Tkaczyk FITI

PhD Chemist translating and editing for the pharmaceutical and broader chemical industry since 2005. Industrial experience prior to career switch. UK & US English. From Scotland, living in Colorado.

My clients are chemical companies producing anything from mascara to grout via hair dye and medications. Most often I work in the pharmaceuticals, adhesives, coatings, and cosmetics fields. I work for academics, especially in chemistry but also in related scientific fields.

I also provide the same translation and editing services via language services companies. I have extensive experience speaking at conferences and workshops and training in my areas of expertise.

Education: PhD Chemistry (Cambridge 1998), Diploma in French (Cambridge 1997), MChem Chemistry with French (Manchester 1994)

ITI membership category: FITI


French English
ITI Assessed


  • Agrochemicals and pesticides
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Cosmetics
  • Health and safety
  • Patents
  • Patents - Chemistry
  • Patents - Manufacturing
  • Patents - Medicine and Pharma
  • Perfumes and fragrances
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plastics and polymers

Associated skills

  • Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Revising


  • Adobe Acrobat
  • SDL Trados Studio
  • XTM Cloud

CPD achieved within last 6 years