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Vera P. Krymskaya, PhD, MBA, FCPP

Professor of Medicine
Member, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Member, Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program, Cardiovascular Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Member, Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Member, LAM Clinic, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics
Member, Penn Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy
Member, Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

Contact information
219 Stemmler Hall
3450 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6118
Office: (215) 573-9861
Fax: (215) 746-0376
Lab: (215) 746-3599
Graduate Group Affiliations
BA (Piano)
Ternopol College of Music, Ukraine (Summa Cum Laude), 1980.
MBA (Marketing Management)
Plekhanov Institute of Economics, Moscow, USSR (Summa Cum Laude), 1986.
PhD (Biology/Radiation Biology)
Department of Biophysics, Moscow State University, Moscow, USSR, 1991.
Post-Graduate Training
Graduate Student, Laboratory of Molecular Radiology, Institute of Biophysics, USSR Academy of Sciences, 1987-1990.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Radiation Biochemistry and Cellular Regulation, Institute of Cell Biophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, 1991-1992.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Molecular Endocrinology , Institute of Experimental Cardiology, Cardiology Research Center, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, 1992-1996.
NIH/NHLBI Visiting Scholar, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 1995-1995.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Division, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 1996-1996.
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Description of Research Expertise

Basic and translational research in rare and common lung diseases: pulmonary lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), tuberous sclerosis (TS), Birt-Hogg-Dube (BHD); Multicentric Castleman Disease (MCD), pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), asthma; Cellular signaling networks: phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K), Akt, tumor suppressor complex TSC1/TSC2, protein translational regulation, mTOR,LKB1, AMPK, FLCN, RhoA GTPase, Rac1 GTPase, STAT3; Airway smooth muscle cell biology and remodeling,vascular smooth muscle cell biology and remodeling, cell growth, cell proliferation, cell migration, invasiveness; animal models of lung diseases.

Description of Clinical Expertise

Principal Investigator of the SOS (Safety Study of Simvastatin in Patients with Sporadic Pulmonary Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) and LAM Associated with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex) clinical trial ( Identifier: NCT02061397)

Description of Other Expertise

Marketing management, concert piano

Selected Publications

Goncharova EA, Goncharov DA, James ML, Atochina-Vasserman EN, Stepanova V, Hong SB, Li H, Gonzales L, Baba M, Linehan WM, Gow AJ, Margulies S, Guttentag S, Schmidt LS, Krymskaya VP : Folliculin Controls Lung Alveolar Enlargement and Epithelial Cell Survival through E-Cadherin, LKB1 and AMPK Cell Reports 7(2): 412-423, April 2014 Notes: Highlighted in Cell Reports.

Elena A. Goncharova, Dmitry A. Goncharov, Melane Fehrenbach, Irene Khavin, Blerina Ducka, Okio Hino, Thomas V. Colby, Mervyn J. Merrilees, Angela Haczku, Steven M. Albelda, and Vera P. Krymskaya: Prevention of Alveolar Destruction and Airspace Enlargement in a Mouse Model of Pulmonary Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM). Science Translational Medicine 4(154): 154ra134, October 2012 Notes: cited by F1000Prime.

Goncharova EA, Goncharov DA, Li H, Pimtong W, Lu S, Khavin I, Krymskaya VP: mTORC2 is required for proliferation and survival of TSC2-null cells Molecular and Cellular Biology 31(12): 2484-98, June 2011.

Goncharov DA, Kudryashova TV, Ziai H, Ihida-Stansbury K, DeLisser H, Krymskaya VP, Tuder RM, Kawut SM, Goncharova EA: mTORC2 coordinates pulmonary artery smooth muscle cell metabolism, proliferation and survival in pulmonary arterial hypertension. Circulation 129(8): 864-874, February 2014.

Elena A. Goncharova, Dmitry A. Goncharov, and Vera P. Krymskaya: Tumor suppressors TSC1 and TSC2 differentially modulate actin cytoskeleton and motility of mouse embryonic fibroblasts. The LAM Foundation 17th Annual International Conference Page: 48, April 2014 Notes: Poster Presentation.

Atochina-Vasserman EN, Guo CJ, Abramova E, Golden TN, Sims M, James ML, Beers MF, Gow AJ, Krymskaya VP: Surfactant Dysfunction and Lung Inflammation in the Female Mouse Model of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis. American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology 53(1): 96-104, July 2015 Notes: Higlighted paper in the Red Alert.

Goncharova EA, Goncharov DA, Noonan D, Krymskaya VP: TSC2 modulates actin cytoskeleton and cell adhesion through TSC1-binding domain and the Rac1 GTPase. Journal of Cell Biology 167(6): 1171-1182, December 2004 Notes: Highlighted in Nat. Cell Biol.

Goncharova EA, Goncharov DA, Eszterhas A, Hunter DS, Glassberg MK, Yeung RS, Walker CL, Noonan D, Kwiatkowski DJ, Chou MM, Panettieri RA Jr, Krymskaya VP: Tuberin regulates p70 S6 kinase activation and ribosomal protein S6 phosphorylation. A role for the TSC2 tumor suppressor gene in pulmonary lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM). Journal of Biological Chemistry 277(34): 30958-67, August 23 2002 Notes: Cited in Nat. Cell Biol.

Stephen R. Hammes and Vera P. Krymskaya : Targeted Approaches Toward Understanding and Treating Pulmonary Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM). Hormones and Cancer 4(2): 70-7, April 2013.

Krymskaya VP: Therapeutic Strategies for Treatment of Pulmonary Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM). Expert Opinion on Orphan Drugs 2(10): 1063-1074, October 2014.

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