Kara A. Bernstein, PhD

Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Repair of DNA damage is crucial to prevent accumulation of mutations that can cause human disease, such as cancer. Our lab studies how double-strand breaks in the DNA, one of the most lethal types of DNA lesions, are repaired. By understanding the mechanism of double-strand break repair and the role of DNA repair proteins in this process, we will uncover mechanisms of tumorigenesis and cancer progression. We will then use this knowledge to aid in diagnosis/prognosis of different types of cancers and to find novel therapeutic targets.

G.5C Hillman Cancer Center 5117 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-864-7742
Fax: 412-623-1010


BA (Biology), Bryn Mawr College, 2000
PhD (Genetics and Development), Yale University, 2006
Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University, 2011
Kara A. Bernstein, PhD

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Program Achievements

Molecular Pharmacology Graduate Program Ranked #2 in National Research Council Rankings


Time to dissertation Defense
, last five graduating classes:  4.6 years, Completion Rate: 86.49%

First Author Publications (All students, past 5 year mean):  2.03;   Total Publications: 5.10

F-series Grants (F30/F31) (All Students, past 5 year mean):  12/34 (35%) 

Ranked #9 in National of Institute of Health funding of departments of Pharmacology

Ranked in the top 15 in funding for twenty-four consecutive years