MEEX Speaker

GIACOMINI, Kathleen M, PhD

GIACOMINI, Kathleen M, PhD

Professor Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA


Dr. Kathy Giacomini is Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University. Dr. Giacomini is considered a leader in the field of pharmacogenomics of membrane transporters. She led the discovery of coding region variants of about 50 membrane transporters that play a role in drug response in ethnically diverse populations. Dr. Giacomini and her group functionally characterized over 100 transporter variants in cells, discovering both gain of function and loss of function variants that may lead to variation in drug response. She has received numerous awards for her research including the Dawson Award of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; the Research Achievement Award in Drug Metabolism from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and the Rawls Palmer Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. She is an elected member of the National Institute of Medicine.