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Karin Finberg, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pathology; Enrichment Core Director, Yale Cooperative Center of Excellence in Hematology; Associate Director, Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Program

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Karin Finberg, MD, PhD

Patient Care Location

  • Lauder Hall
    310 Cedar Street, Ste LH 208A
    New Haven, CT 06510

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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

  • Medical Instructor
    Duke University Medical Center (2013)
  • Sr Research Associate
    Duke University Medical Center (2009)
  • Research Fellow
    Children’s Hospital Boston (2008)
  • Resident
    Massachusetts General Hospital (2007)
  • Clinical Fellow
    Brigham and Women's Hospital (2006)
  • Resident
    Massachusetts General Hospital (2005)
  • MD
    Yale School of Medicine (2003)
  • PhD
    Yale School of Medicine, Genetics (2002)
  • BS
    Yale College, Biology (1993)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Gunshin-Levy Young Investigator AwardInternational BioIron Society2013
Career Awards for Medical ScientistsBurroughs Wellcome Fund2011
Cooley's Anemia Foundation Research Fellowship2008
Young Investigator AwardAssociation for Molecular Pathology2006

Professional Service

International BioIron SocietyMember, Board of Directors2019 - Present
American Society of Hematology Scientific Committee on Iron and HemeMember (2015-2016), Vice Chair (2017), Chair (2018)2015 - 2018
Blood, Editorial BoardMember2015 - 2018
Yale School of Medicine MD/PhD Faculty CommitteeMember2013 - Present

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