Krystof Bankiewicz, MD, PhD

Krystof Bankiewicz, MD, PhD

Principal Investigator

Research Interests: Drug delivery, gene therapy

Dr. Bankiewicz's research focuses on novel approaches for the delivery of therapeutic agents to specific target regions within the brain. This work can help develop effective treatments for neurological conditions like brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Specific projects include the delivery of therapeutic agents into the central nervous system through convection-enhanced delivery and real-time monitoring of drug infusion with MRI.

Since 1998, Dr. Bankiewicz has managed his own translational research group, leading and collaborating on numerous fruitful preclinical and clinical projects. He holds several patents, including those for use of neuro-derived fetal cell lines for transplantation therapy, convection-enhanced delivery of adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors, and convection-enhanced delivery of AAV viral vector with AADC for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

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Education and Training

1983: MD, Jagielonian University, Crakow, Poland
1983-1984: Internship in General Surgery, Medical Academy of Warsaw, Poland
1983-1985: Resident, Neuroorthopedic Postgraduate Medical Center, Warsaw, Poland
1985-1988: Visiting Fellow, Surgical Neurology Branch, NINDS, NIH, Bethesda, MD
1996: PhD, Institute of Neurology and Psychiatry, Warsaw, Poland
2011: DSc, Institute of Neurology and Psychiatry, Warszawa, Poland.
2013: Professor, Title by President of the Republic of Poland

Academic Positions

1983-1985: Assistant Professor, Post-graduate Medical Center, Warsaw, Poland
1988-1991: Visiting Associate Scientist, Surgical Neurology Branch, NINDS, NIH, Bethesda, MD
1991-1992: Visiting Scientist, Surgical Neurology Branch. NINDS, NIH, Bethesda, MD
1991-1993: Chief, Central Nervous System (CNS) Implantation Unit, Surgical Neurology Branch, NINDS, NIH Bethesda, MD
1992-1993: Special Volunteer, Surgical Neurology Branch, NINDS, NIH, Bethesda, MD
1992-1997: Chief, Preclinical Studies, Somatix Therapy Corporation, Alameda, CA
1994-1997: Director, Division of CNS Implantation and Regeneration, The Parkinson's Institute, Sunnyvale, CA
1994-1998: Visiting Scientist, Laboratory for Functional Imaging, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1997-2001: Acting Chief, Molecular Therapeutics Section, NINDS, NIH, Bethesda, MD
1998-Present: Professor in Residence, Neurosurgery and Neurology, UCSF
1998-Present: Principal Investigator, Movement Disorders Research Program, UCSF
2009-Present: Kinetics Foundation Chair in Translational Research, UCSF
2011-Present: Vice Chairman for Research, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF
2011-Present: Director of Translational NeuroTherapy Center, UCSF

Selected Awards

1985: Fogarty Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
1999: Patent Award, NINDS, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland
2000: Special Act or Service Award, NINDS, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland
2002: Drug Development Prize, Academy of Molecular Imaging
2017: Golden OTIS International Trust Award, Poland