Kilannin Krysiak, Ph.D.,  McDonnell Genome Institute

As part of the Griffith Lab, Dr. Krysiak’s work focuses on the analysis and interpretation of genomic and transcriptomic cancer sequencing data. Her primary interest is in the use of these data to improve the current standards of patient care. She is involved in the comprehensive analysis of cancer patient cohorts as well as small cohort and “n-of-1” studies. In collaboration with the Genomics Tumor Board at Washington University School of Medicine, she has led the analysis of genomic case studies, gaining insight into the molecular underpinnings of the atypical clinical presentation of these cancers. Since joining the McDonnell Genome Institute in 2014, she has also been part of a team of developers and researchers creating CIViC, an open-source, community driven database for the interpretation of clinically-relevant genetic variants that are observed in cancer.

Dr. Krysiak received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2006, where she stayed on as a research technician and focused on improving the efficacy of the anti-tumor properties of bisphosphonates before pursuing her doctorate. In 2014, Dr. Krysiak received her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Genomics from Washington University in St. Louis for work investigating the role of HSPA9 in hematopoiesis and myelodysplastic syndrome.


K. Krysiak, JF. Tibbitts, J. Shao, T. Liu, M. Ndonwi, MJ. Walter. “Reduced levels of Hspa9 attenuate Stat5 activation in mouse B cells.” Exp Hematol. 2015 Apr;43(4):319-30. PMID:25550197

TA. Graubert, D. Shen, L. Ding, T. Okeyo-Owuor, CL. Lunn, J. Shao, K. Krysiak, CC. Harris, DC. Koboldt, DE. Larson, MD. McLellan, DJ. Dooling, RM. Abbott, RS. Fulton, H. Schmidt, J. Kalicki-Veizer, M. O’Laughlin, M. Grillot, J. Baty, S. Heath, JL. Frater, T. Nasim, DC. Link, MH. Tomasson, P. Westervelt, JF. DiPersio, ER. Mardis, TJ. Ley, RK. Wilson, and MJ. Walter. “Recurrent mutations in the U2AF1 splicing factor in myelodysplastic syndromes.” Nat Gen. 2011 Dec 11;44(1):53-7. PMID:22158538

TH. Chen, A. Kambal, K. Krysiak, MA. Walshauser, G. Raju, JF. Tibbitts, MJ. Walter. “Knockdown of Hspa9, a del(5q31.2) gene, results in a decrease in hematopoietic progenitors in mice.” Blood. 2011;117(5):1530-1539. PMID:21123823

Y. Zhang, R. Cao, F. Yin, FY. Lin, H. Wang, K. Krysiak, JH. No, D. Mukkamala, K. Houlihan, J. Li, CT. Morita, E. Oldfield. “Lipophilic pyridinium bisphosphonates: potent gammadelta T cell stimulators.” Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2010 Feb 1;49(6):1136-8. PMID:20039246

Y. Zhang, R. Cao, F. Yin, MP. Hudock, RT. Guo, K. Krysiak, S. Mukherjee, YG. Gao, H. Robinson, Y. Song, JH. No, K. Bergan, A. Leon, L. Cass, A. Goddard, TK. Chang, FY. Lin, E. Van Beek, S. Papapoulos, AH. Wang, T. Kubo, M. Ochi, D. Mukkamala, E. Oldfield, “Lipophilic bisphosphonates as dual farnesyl/geranylgeranyl diphosphate synthase inhibitors: an X-ray and NMR investigation.” J Am Chem Soc. 2009 Apr 15;131(14):5153-62. PMID:19309137

Y. Song, JM. Chan, Z. Tovian, A. Secrest, E. Nagy, K. Krysiak, K. Bergan, MA. Parniak, E. Oldfield. “Bisphosphonate inhibitors of ATP-mediated HIV-1 reverse transcriptase catalyzed excision of chain-terminating 3’-azido,3’-deoxythymidine: A QSAR investigation.” Bioorg Med Chem. 2008 Oct 1;16(19):8959-67. PMID:18789701

Y. Zhang, M. Hudock, K. Krysiak, R. Cao, K. Bergan, F. Yin, A. Leon, E. Oldfield. “Activity of sulfonium bisphosphonates on tumor cell lines.” J Med Chem. 2007 Nov 29;50(24):6067-79. PMID:17963374


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