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Karin Gaensler, M.D.

Blood disorder specialist

A specialist in hematology-oncology, Dr. Karin Gaensler has a special interest in gene therapy. She is currently working to develop novel approaches for the treatment of blood disorders caused by a specific gene mutation.

Gaensler earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She then went on to complete her residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology-oncology at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Cancer Society Fellowship, Howard Hughes Fellowship and NIH Physician Scientist Award.

Clinics

Hematology and Blood and Marrow Transplant
400 Parnassus Ave., 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Existing Patients: (415) 353-2421
New Patients: (415) 353-2051

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m

Conditions & Treatments

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Additional Languages

French
German
Swedish

Education

Harvard Medical School 1981

Residencies

UCSF, Medicine 1984

Fellowships

UCSF, Oncology 1987
UCSF, Hematology 1987

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Park I, Mukherjee J, Ito M, Chaumeil MM, Jalbert LE, Gaensler K, Ronen SM, Nelson SJ, Pieper RO. Changes in pyruvate metabolism detected by magnetic resonance imaging are linked to DNA damage and serve as a sensor of temozolomide response in glioblastoma cells. Cancer Res. 2014 Dec 1; 74(23):7115-24.
  2. Keller JW, Andreadis C, Damon LE, Kaplan LD, Martin TG, Wolf JL, Ai WZ, Venstrom JM, Smith CC, Gaensler KM, Hwang J, Olin RL. Hematopoietic cell transplantation comorbidity index (HCT-CI) is predictive of adverse events and overall survival in older allogeneic transplant recipients. J Geriatr Oncol. 2014 Jul; 5(3):238-44.
  3. Shi Y, Falahati R, Zhang J, Flebbe-Rehwaldt L, Gaensler KM. Role of antigen-specific regulatory CD4+CD25+ T cells in tolerance induction after neonatal IP administration of AAV-hF.IX. Gene Ther. 2013 Oct; 20(10):987-96.
  4. Ito M, Ohba S, Gaensler K, Ronen SM, Mukherjee J, Pieper RO. Early Chk1 phosphorylation is driven by temozolomide-induced, DNA double strand break- and mismatch repair-independent DNA damage. PLoS One. 2013; 8(5):e62351.
  5. Falahati R, Zhang J, Flebbe-Rehwaldt L, Shi Y, Gerson SL, Gaensler KM. Chemoselection of allogeneic HSC after murine neonatal transplantation without myeloablation or post-transplant immunosuppression. Mol Ther. 2012 Nov; 20(11):2180-9.
  6. Mintz PJ, Sætrom P, Reebye V, Lundbæk MB, Lao K, Rossi JJ, Gaensler KM, Kasahara N, Nicholls JP, Jensen S, Haoudi A, Emara MM, Gordon MY, Habib NA. MicroRNA-181a* Targets Nanog in a Subpopulation of CD34(+) Cells Isolated From Peripheral Blood. Mol Ther Nucleic Acids. 2012; 1:e34.
  7. Alhashem YN, Vinjamur DS, Basu M, Klingmüller U, Gaensler KM, Lloyd JA. Transcription factors KLF1 and KLF2 positively regulate embryonic and fetal beta-globin genes through direct promoter binding. J Biol Chem. 2011 Jul 15; 286(28):24819-27.
  8. Hacke K, Falahati R, Flebbe-Rehwaldt L, Kasahara N, Gaensler KM. Suppression of HLA expression by lentivirus-mediated gene transfer of siRNA cassettes and in vivo chemoselection to enhance hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Immunol Res. 2009; 44(1-3):112-26.
  9. Damon L, Damon LE, Gaensler K, Kaplan L, Martin T, Rubenstein J, Linker C. Impact of intensive PBSC mobilization therapy on outcomes following auto-SCT for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2008 Nov; 42(10):649-57.
  10. Keys JR, Tallack MR, Zhan Y, Papathanasiou P, Goodnow CC, Gaensler KM, Crossley M, Dekker J, Perkins AC. A mechanism for Ikaros regulation of human globin gene switching. Br J Haematol. 2008 May; 141(3):398-406.
  11. Rupon JW, Wang SZ, Gaensler K, Lloyd J, Ginder GD. Methyl binding domain protein 2 mediates gamma-globin gene silencing in adult human betaYAC transgenic mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Apr 25; 103(17):6617-22.
  12. Basu P, Morris PE, Haar JL, Wani MA, Lingrel JB, Gaensler KM, Lloyd JA. KLF2 is essential for primitive erythropoiesis and regulates the human and murine embryonic beta-like globin genes in vivo. Blood. 2005 Oct 1; 106(7):2566-71.
  13. Lipshutz GS, Titre D, Brindle M, Bisconte AR, Contag CH, Gaensler KM. Comparison of gene expression after intraperitoneal delivery of AAV2 or AAV5 in utero. Mol Ther. 2003 Jul; 8(1):90-8.
  14. Gaensler KM, Zhang Z, Lin C, Yang S, Hardt K, Flebbe-Rehwaldt L. Sequences in the (A)gamma-delta intergenic region are not required for stage-specific regulation of the human beta-globin gene locus. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2003 Mar 18; 100(6):3374-9.
  15. Lipshutz GS, Gruber CA. In utero delivery of adeno-associated viral vectors: intraperitoneal gene transfer produces long-term expression. Mol Ther. 2001 Mar; 3(3):284-92.
  16. Lipshutz GS, Flebbe-Rehwaldt L, Gaensler KM. Reexpression following readministration of an adenoviral vector in adult mice after initial in utero adenoviral administration. Mol Ther. 2000 Oct; 2(4):374-80.
  17. May C, Rivella S, Callegari J, Heller G, Gaensler KM, Luzzatto L, Sadelain M. Therapeutic haemoglobin synthesis in beta-thalassaemic mice expressing lentivirus-encoded human beta-globin. Nature. 2000 Jul 6; 406(6791):82-6.
  18. Gaensler KM, Tu G, Bruch S, Liggitt D, Lipshutz GS, Metkus A, Harrison M, Heath TD, Debs RJ. Fetal gene transfer by transuterine injection of cationic liposome-DNA complexes. Nat Biotechnol. 1999 Dec; 17(12):1188-92.
  19. Lipshutz GS, Sarkar R, Flebbe-Rehwaldt L, Kazazian H, Gaensler KM. Short-term correction of factor VIII deficiency in a murine model of hemophilia A after delivery of adenovirus murine factor VIII in utero. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1999 Nov 9; 96(23):13324-9.
  20. Lipshutz GS, Flebbe-Rehwaldt L, Gaensler KM. Adenovirus-mediated gene transfer to the peritoneum and hepatic parenchyma of fetal mice in utero. Surgery. 1999 Aug; 126(2):171-7.

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