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Karina Bursch

Karina Bursch

Karina Bursch

M2 Student


  • Medical Scientist Training Program

Contact Information


BS, Biochemistry, The Catholic University of America, 2019

Research Interests

Cancer Biology, Immunology, Biochemistry

Research Experience

The Catholic University of America, January 2017- May 2019
Advisor: Byung Min (Justin) Chung, PhD
Project: Elucidating the role of Keratin 19 (K19) in the proliferation and migration of MCF7 breast cancer cells.

MD Anderson Cancer Center, June 2018-August 2018
Advisor: Powel Brown, MD, PhD
Project: Determining the effect of the rexinoid IRX 4204 on the proliferation of a panel of breast cancer cell lines.

University of Minnesota, June 2017-August 2017
Advisor: Gregory Vercellotti, MD, FACP
Project: Characterizing the heme binding site on the MD-2/TLR4 transmembrane protein complex.


Sharma P, Alsharif S, Bursch K, Parvathaneni S, Anastasakis DG, Chahine J, Fallatah A, Nicolas K, Sharma S, Hafner M, Kallakury B & Chung BM. Keratin 19 regulates cell cycle pathway and sensitivity of breast cancer cells to CDK inhibitors. Scientific Reports 9, 14650 (2019).

General Interests

Playing cello and piano, traveling, running, and baking