Dr. Kristina Hansen

Kristina Hansen graduated from Northwestern University with Bachelor's degrees in Chemistry and the Integrated Science Program.   Kristina received her Doctorate degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, where she synthesized protease inhibitors.  Besides organic and bioorganic chemistry, she has experience with solid phase synthesis, synthesis of organometallic compounds, and enzymatic assays.   She also worked at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals in the Medicinal Chemistry Department.  As a postdoctoral researcher, Kristina has worked in the fields of pharmacology, microbiology, and molecular biology investigating proteinase-activated receptors in mammalian cells, including prostate cancer cells, and identified proteinases from tissues and biological fluids as activators of proteinase-activated receptors in gastrointestinal diseases.   She is a coauthor of numerous publications in peer reviewed journals, a book chapter, and presentations.