Karen Deak

Academic Advancement Director

Academic Advancement Director
+1 574-631-6695
1251 N. Eddy Street, Suite 300


Karen Deak is the Academic Advancement Director for Research Innovation and the IDEA Center. Prior to this role, she served as the Director of Network Engagement for the IDEA Center. Karen originally joined Notre Dame Research in 2016 as a Commercialization Specialist. She came to the University in 2011 as the inaugural Director of the MS in Patent Law. Previously, Karen was a patent prosecutor at an AmLaw 100 firm. She holds a PhD in Genetics from the University of Chicago and a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.