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Karen Anderson, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology and of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry; Co-Leader, Developmental Therapeutics, Yale Cancer Center; Co-Director Therapeutics/Chemotherapy Program

Contact Information

Karen Anderson, PhD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Pharmacology

    PO Box 208066, 333 Cedar Street

    New Haven, CT 06520-8066

    United States



Karen S. Anderson is a Professor of Pharmacology and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. She is involved in teaching undergraduates and graduate students about drug discovery and structure-based drug design. She also serves as an undergraduate research mentor and is a fellow at Pierson College at Yale serving as a undergraduate freshman advisor. Dr. Anderson's research utilizes mechanistic enzymology and structure-based drug design. Her work focuses on understanding how enzymes, playing critical roles in such diseases as cancer and infectious diseases, including AIDS, work at a molecular level. She uses that information to develop new drug therapies. She has trained over 50 undergraduates, graduate students, M.D./Ph.D. students and postdoctoral students who have gone on to graduate school and medical school as well as successful careers in academia and industry and who are involved in biomedical research.

Education & Training

  • Senior Research Specialist
    Biorational Herbicide Design, Monsanto Co. (1989)
  • PhD
    Ohio State University (1982)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Enzymes, Coenzymes, & Metabolic Pathways Gordon Research Conference - Chair2001
Enzymes, Coenzymes, & Metabolic Pathways Gordon Research Conference - Cochair2000
Yale Cancer Breast Cancer Initiative Research AwardYale University1996
East Tennessee State University Alumni AwardEast Tennessee State University1992
Dean's Young Faculty AwardYale University1991
Hull Cancer Research AwardYale University1990
Monsanto Research Achievement Award1989
Monsanto Research Achievement Award1988
Monsanto Research Achievement Award1987
YWCA Women's Leadership Award1987
YWCA Women's Leadership Award1986
Monsanto Research Achievement Award1985
Phi Beta Kappa1982
Eighth Annual ICSABER Forum for Graduate Students Research Award1982
American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Fellowship1981
National Institute of Health Predoctoral Fellowship1978

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