Krystof S. Bankiewicz MD, PhD

University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Krystof Bankiewicz earned his MD at the Jagielonian University, and his PhD from the Institute of Neurology and Psychiatry, both in Poland. He received a NIH-NINDS post-doctoral fellowship and later held the Chief of CNS Implantation Unit and Acting Chief of the Molecular Therapeutics Section positions, also at NIH-NINDS. Currently, he is the Kinetics Foundation Chair in Translational Research and Professor in Residence of Neurological Surgery and Neurology at UCSF. Dr. Bankiewicz is also Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Neurological Surgery and Director of Interventional Neurology Center at UCSF.

Dr. Bankiewicz has both industry and academic experience, being an inventor on numerous patents and published more than 180 peer-reviewed research articles. He has considerable experience in supervising multi-investigator translational programs and is a Principal Investigator on several research grants and clinical trials. Along the years, he has performed preclinical work that yielded 4 clinical trials both in brain cancer and gene therapy for adult and pediatric neurological diseases. He is a Special Expert in the NIH Grant Review Registry, member of the Editorial Board of numerous journals as well as ad hoc referee for scientific journals in the neurology, neuroscience, neurosurgery and molecular therapeutics fields.

Dr. Bankiewicz’s research interests are focused on the development of translational approaches to gene and cell replacement therapies, and he has displayed the ability to synthesize distinct technologies into powerful new approaches to the treatment of serious diseases, including brain cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington disease, Alzheimer’s disease, pediatric neurotransmitter deficiency and lysosomal storage disorders.