Kilannin Krysiak, PhD

Instructor in Medicine

Dr. Krysiak received a BS in Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2006, where she stayed on as a research technician and focused on improving the efficacy of the anti-tumor properties of bisphosphonates before pursuing her doctorate. In 2014, Dr. Krysiak received her PhD in Molecular Genetics and Genomics from Washington University in St. Louis for work investigating the role of HSPA9 in hematopoiesis and myelodysplastic syndrome.

As part of the Griffith Lab, Dr. Krysiak’s work focuses on the analysis and interpretation of genomic and transcriptomic cancer sequencing data. Her primary interest is in the use of these data to improve the current standards of patient care. She is involved in the comprehensive analysis of cancer patient cohorts as well as small cohort and “n-of-1” studies. In collaboration with the Genomics Tumor Board at Washington University School of Medicine, she has led the analysis of genomic case studies, gaining insight into the molecular underpinnings of the atypical clinical presentation of these cancers. Since joining the McDonnell Genome Institute in 2014, she has also been part of a team of developers and researchers creating CIViC, an open-source, community driven database for the interpretation of clinically-relevant genetic variants that are observed in cancer.

Dr. Krysiak’s publications