Karen E. Knudsen, PhD

Dr. Knudsen is the Director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University. Karen serves on a multitude of national scientific advisory boards and committees, including those for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), American Association for Cancer Research, the Endocrine Society, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Cancer Research, a senior editor for Cancer Research, and is on the editorial boards of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, Endocrine-Related Cancer, American Journal of Pathology, Molecular Endocrinology, and Oncogene. Karen has received numerous awards for her research, including the Ronald Ross Award for Excellence in hormone-dependent malignancies from the Pacific Rim Breast and Prostate Cancer Research Organization and the Richard E. Weitzman Laureate Award from the Endocrine Society. Karen’s research identifying tumor suppressor and hormone receptor alterations have uncovered new targets for treating advanced disease, and led to the development of several innovative biomarker-driven clinical trials. Karen received a BS in Biology from The George Washington University, a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of California at San Diego, and performed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.