Karin Finberg, MD, PhD, BS

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Departments & Organizations

Pathology: Experimental Pathology Graduate Program | Finberg Lab | Molecular & Genomic Pathology | Pathology Research | Surgical Pathology

Liver Center

Obesity Research Working Group

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology

Yale Cooperative Center of Excellence in Hematology (YCCEH)

Yale Medicine


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

MD Yale School of Medicine (2003)
PhD Yale School of Medicine (2002)
BS Yale College, Biology (1993)
Medical Instructor Duke University Medical Center
Sr Research Associate Duke University Medical Center
Research Fellow Children’s Hospital Boston
Resident Massachusetts General Hospital
Clinical Fellow Brigham and Women's Hospital
Resident Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certification AB of Pathology, Clinical Pathology (2007)
Board Certification AB of Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology (2007)

Honors & Recognition

  • Gunshin-Levy Young Investigator AwardInternational BioIron Society (2013)

  • Career Awards for Medical ScientistsBurroughs Wellcome Fund (2011)

  • Cooley's Anemia Foundation Research Fellowship (2008)

  • Young Investigator AwardAssociation for Molecular Pathology (2006)

Professional Service

  • International BioIron Society (2019 - Present) Member, Board of Directors

  • Blood, Editorial Board (2015 - 2018) Member

  • American Society of Hematology Scientific Committee on Iron and Heme (2015 - Present) Member (2015-2016), Vice Chair (2017), Chair (2018)

  • Yale School of Medicine MD/PhD Faculty Committee (2013 - Present) Member

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Contact Info

Karin Finberg, MD, PhD, BS
Patient Care Location
Yale PathologyLauder Hall
310 Cedar Street, Ste LH 208A

New Haven, CT 06510
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Office Location
Department of PathologyLauder Hall
310 Cedar Street, Ste LH 208A

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Pathology310 Cedar Street
PO Box 208023

New Haven, CT 06520-8023
Research Image 1

Peripheral blood smear from a patient with IRIDA showing abnormal red cell morphology compatible with severe iron deficiency anemia.