Karin Elisabeth Finberg MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Biographical Info

Karin Finberg received her B.S., M.D., and Ph.D. degrees from Yale. Her Ph.D. dissertation with Dr. Richard Lifton in the Department of Genetics focused on the genetic basis of an autosomal recessive disorder of systemic pH homeostasis, distal renal tubular acidosis with sensorineural deafness. After graduating from Yale, Karin completed residency training in Clinical Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and clinical fellowship training in the Harvard Medical School Molecular Genetic Pathology Training Program based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She then completed postdoctoral research training in the laboratory of Dr. Nancy Andrews, first at Children’s Hospital Boston and later at Duke University Medical Center, where she employed genetic study of patients with an inherited form of iron deficiency anemia to shed insight into mechanisms of systemic iron regulation. In her research laboratory at Yale, Karin continues to investigate mechanisms of iron balance through genetic study of patients with iron-related phenotypes and through characterization of genetically targeted mouse models. She also contributes to patient care as a molecular genetic pathologist in the Molecular Diagnostics Unit of the Department of Pathology.

Education & Training

Yale College (1993)
Yale School of Medicine (2002)
Yale School of Medicine (2003)
Massachusetts General Hospital, Clinical Pathology (2006 - 2007)
Clinical Fellow
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Molecular Genetic Pathology (2005 - 2006)
Massachusetts General Hospital, Clinical Pathology (2003 - 2005)
Research Fellow
Children’s Hospital Boston, Hematology/Oncology (2007 - 2008)
Sr Research Associate
Duke University Medical Center, Pathology (2008 - 2009)
Medical Instructor
Duke University Medical Center, Pathology (2009 - 2013)
Board Certification
Clinical Pathology, Board Certified  (2007)
Board Certification
Molecular Genetic Pathology, Board Certified  (2007)

Honors & Recognition

  • Gunshin-Levy Young Investigator Award
    International BioIron Society (2013)
  • Career Awards for Medical Scientists
    Burroughs Wellcome Fund (2011)
  • Cooley's Anemia Foundation Research Fellowship
  • Young Investigator Award
    Association for Molecular Pathology (2006)

Professional Service

  • Member, American Society of Hematology Scientific Committee on Iron and Heme (01/01/2015 - 12/31/2016)
  • Member, Blood, Editorial Board (01/01/2015 - 12/31/2018)
  • International Scientific Committee Member, 5th Congress of the International BioIron Society (01/01/2013 - 04/18/2013)
  • Junior Member, Training and Education Committee, Association for Molecular Pathology (01/01/2008 - 12/31/2008)

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