Karen S Anderson, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology and of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry; Co-Director Therapeutics/Chemotherapy Program

Departments & Organizations

Pharmacology: Anderson Lab | Primary Faculty

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Faculty Research

Investigative Medicine Program

Structural Biology

Virology laboratories

Yale Cancer Center: Developmental Therapeutics | Yale CTAP

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BQBS): Cell Cycle and Signal Transduction | Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology: Cancer Biology and Therapeutics; Human Disease Pathology, Physiology and Intervention; Receptors and Signal Transduction; Structural Biology

Office of Cooperative Research


Individuals infected with HIV have a substantially higher risk of developing cancer compared with uninfected people of the same age. The Anderson laboratory is involved in developing new antiviral therapies to treat HIV infections. A major focus is HIV reverse transcriptase, a viral polymerase essential for HIV replication.<_o3a_p>

Education & Training

PhD Ohio State University (1982)
Senior Research Specialist Biorational Herbicide Design, Monsanto Co.

Honors & Recognition

  • Enzymes, Coenzymes, & Metabolic Pathways Gordon Research Conference - Chair (2001)

  • Enzymes, Coenzymes, & Metabolic Pathways Gordon Research Conference - Cochair (2000)

  • Yale Cancer Breast Cancer Initiative Research AwardYale University (1996)

  • East Tennessee State University Alumni AwardEast Tennessee State University (1992)

  • Dean's Young Faculty AwardYale University (1991)

  • Hull Cancer Research AwardYale University (1990)

  • Monsanto Research Achievement Award (1989)

  • Monsanto Research Achievement Award (1988)

  • Monsanto Research Achievement Award (1987)

  • YWCA Women's Leadership Award (1987)

  • YWCA Women's Leadership Award (1986)

  • Monsanto Research Achievement Award (1985)

  • Phi Beta Kappa (1982)

  • Eighth Annual ICSABER Forum for Graduate Students Research Award (1982)

  • American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Fellowship (1981)

  • National Institute of Health Predoctoral Fellowship (1978)

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Contact Info

Karen S Anderson, PhD
Office Location
Department of PharmacologySterling Hall of Medicine, B-Wing
333 Cedar Street, Ste B350b

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
PharmacologyPO Box 208066
333 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8066

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