Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy

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Karen Hansen

Graduate Student
Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy

 

MS, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 2006
BS, College of Idaho, 2004

Faculty Advisor: Lisa Cirillo, PhD

Mailing Address:
Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-3548
USA

Phone: (414) 955-5748
FAX: (414) 955-6517
Email: kghansen@mcw.edu

 

 


Research Area: Thrombosis, Hemostasis and Vascular Biology


Prior to starting my education at MCW, I had the opportunity to serve as a project manager for several biopharmaceutical and medical device companies.  During this time, I was fascinated by the advancing technology and creative approaches to targeting diseases.  While I was challenged by my work in industry, I desired to become a leader in medicine and translational research.

Through the MSTP, MCW has provided me with the opportunity to expand my basic science knowledge and apply it directly to medicine.  I was most interested in joining Dr. Alan Mast’s lab due to the mentoring I received while rotating, which continued throughout my medical school course work.  The Mast Lab utilizes an array of techniques to study Tissue Factor Pathway Inhibitor (TFPI), which inhibits proteases in the very early stages of blood coagulation.  I am particularly interested in studying estrogen and its effects on TFPI expression in disease states that are caused or related to intravascular blood clots.

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