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Kara Lynch, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentLaboratory Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
Phone415-206-5477
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    Butler UniversityBachelor of Science2002Chemistry and Biology Departments
    University of WisconsinDoctorate2007Biochemistry Department
    University of California, San FranciscoPostdoctoral Studies2009Graduate Division

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    My research interests are in the areas of clinical chemistry, toxicology and pharmacogenetics. In the area of clinical chemistry, we are involved in translational research studies aimed at the clinical evaluation of novel biomarkers or biomarker panels to diagnosis, treat and monitor disease. In toxicology, my research is centered on the use of mass spectrometry to detect small molecules in human samples. Our research studies are focused on uncovering trends in drug misuse and drug adulteration and understanding the clinical implications of these trends. We are also involved in the development and implementation of new mass spectrometry methods and technologies, such as high resolution mass spectrometry, in the clinical laboratory. In the area of pharmacogenetics, we are interested in understanding how genotype influences an individual’s susceptibility to adverse drug reactions and drug-induced toxicity.


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    1. Tomassoni AJ, Hawk KF, Jubanyik K, Nogee DP, Durant T, Lynch KL, Patel R, Dinh D, Ulrich A, D'Onofrio G. Multiple Fentanyl Overdoses - New Haven, Connecticut, June 23, 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2017 Feb 03; 66(4):107-111. PMID: 28151928.
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    2. Riley ED, Hsue PY, Vittinghoff E, Wu AH, Coffin PO, Moore PK, Lynch KL. Higher prevalence of detectable troponin I among cocaine-users without known cardiovascular disease. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 Jan 19; 172:88-93. PMID: 28157591.
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    3. van Wijk XM, Wu AH, Lynch KL, Vo KT, Ho RY. Synthetic agents off the darknet: a case of U-47700 and phenazepam abuse. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2016 Oct 13; 1-2. PMID: 27736261.
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    4. van Wijk XM, Magee CA, Wu AH, Tana MM, Lynch KL. A comparison of methods for evaluation of a case of suspected macro-aspartate aminotransferase. Clin Chim Acta. 2016 Oct 11; 463:1-3. PMID: 27732874.
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    5. Colby JM, Thoren KL, Lynch KL. Optimization and Validation of High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry Data Analysis Parameters. J Anal Toxicol. 2017 Jan; 41(1):1-5. PMID: 28130542.
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    6. Arens AM, van Wijk XM, Vo KT, Lynch K, Wu AH, Smollin CG, et al. Adverse Effects From Counterfeit Alprazolam Tablets. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Aug 8. PMID: 27532131.
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    7. Lynch K . Collaboration at the Heart of Innovation. Clin Chem. 2016; 9(62):1284.
    8. Stauffer CS, Musinipally V, Suen A, Lynch K, Shapiro B, Woolley JD. A two-week pilot study of intranasal oxytocin for cocaine-dependent individuals receiving methadone maintenance treatment for opioid use disorder. Addict Res Theory. 2016; 6(24):490-498.
    9. Riley ED, Kral AH, Cohen J, Dilworth SE, Shumway M, Lynch K. Levamisole-Contaminated Cocaine Use in HIV-Infected and Uninfected Unstably Housed Women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2016 May 20. PMID: 27203838.
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    10. Vo KT, van Wijk XM, Lynch KL, Wu AH, Smollin CG. Counterfeit Norco Poisoning Outbreak - San Francisco Bay Area, California, March 25-April 5, 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016; 65(16):420-3. PMID: 27123589.
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    11. Yang HS, Wu AH, Lynch KL. Development and Validation of a Novel LC-MS/MS Opioid Confirmation Assay: Evaluation of ß-glucuronidase Enzymes and Sample Cleanup Methods. J Anal Toxicol. 2016 Jun; 40(5):323-9. PMID: 27121711.
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    12. Yang HS, Wu AH, Johnson-Davis KL, Lynch K. Development and validation of an LC-MS/MS sulfonylurea assay for hypoglycemia cases in the emergency department. Clin Chim Acta. 2016 Feb 15; 454:130-4. PMID: 26790752.
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    13. Quinley KE, Chen HY, Yang HS, Lynch K, Olson KR. Clenbuterol causing non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction in a teenage female desiring to lose weight: case and brief literature review. Am J Emerg Med. 2016 Jan 6. PMID: 26873408.
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    14. Thoren KL, Colby JM, Shugarts SB, Wu AH, Lynch K. Comparison of Information-Dependent Acquisition on a Tandem Quadrupole TOF vs a Triple Quadrupole Linear Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer for Broad-Spectrum Drug Screening. Clin Chem. 2016 Jan; 62(1):170-8. PMID: 26453698.
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    15. Lynch K. CLSI C62-A: A New Standard for Clinical Mass Spectrometry. Clin Chem. 2016 Jan; 62(1):24-9. PMID: 26430075.
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    16. Colby JM, Wu AH, Lynch KL. Analysis of codeine positivity in urine of pain management patients. J Anal Toxicol. 2015 Jun; 39(5):407-10. PMID: 25840440.
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    17. Lynch KL, Shapiro BJ, Coffa D, Novak SP, Kral AH. Promethazine use among chronic pain patients. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 May 1; 150:92-7. PMID: 25754939; PMCID: PMC4389782 [Available on 05/01/16].
    18. Wang BT, Colby JM, Wu AH, Lynch KL. Cross-reactivity of acetylfentanyl and risperidone with a fentanyl immunoassay. J Anal Toxicol. 2014 Nov-Dec; 38(9):672-5. PMID: 25248490.
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    19. Wu AH, Ruan W, Todd J, Lynch KL. Biological variation of ß-sitosterol, campesterol, and lathosterol as cholesterol absorption and synthesis biomarkers. Clin Chim Acta. 2014 Mar 20; 430:43-7. PMID: 24394292.
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    20. Smith A, Wu AH, Lynch KL, Ko N, Grenache DG. Multi-wavelength spectrophotometric analysis for detection of xanthochromia in cerebrospinal fluid and accuracy for the diagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage. Clin Chim Acta. 2013 Sep 23; 424:231-6. PMID: 23800427.
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    21. Jacquot C, Moayeri M, Kim B, Shugarts S, Lynch KL, Leavitt AD. Prolonged ceftriaxone-induced immune thrombocytopenia due to impaired drug clearance: a case report. Transfusion. 2013 Nov; 53(11):2715-21. PMID: 23451879.
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    22. Shapiro BJ, Lynch KL, Toochinda T, Lutnick A, Cheng HY, Kral AH. Promethazine misuse among methadone maintenance patients and community-based injection drug users. J Addict Med. 2013 Mar-Apr; 7(2):96-101. PMID: 23385449; PMCID: PMC3618500.
    23. Petrie M, Lynch KL, Ekins S, Chang JS, Goetz RJ, Wu AH, Krasowski MD. Cross-reactivity studies and predictive modeling of "Bath Salts" and other amphetamine-type stimulants with amphetamine screening immunoassays. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2013 Feb; 51(2):83-91. PMID: 23387345.
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    24. Petrie MS, Lynch KL, Wu AH, Steinhardt AA, Horowitz GL. Prescription compliance or illicit designer drug abuse? Clin Chem. 2012 Dec; 58(12):1631-4. PMID: 23193148.
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    25. Lee JS, Kim EJ, Lynch KL, Elicker B, Ryerson CJ, Katsumoto TR, Shum AK, Wolters PJ, Cerri S, Richeldi L, Jones KD, King TE, Collard HR. Prevalence and clinical significance of circulating autoantibodies in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Respir Med. 2013 Feb; 107(2):249-55. PMID: 23186614; PMCID: PMC3543473.
    26. Wu AH, Gerona R, Armenian P, French D, Petrie M, Lynch KL. Role of liquid chromatography-high-resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HR/MS) in clinical toxicology. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2012 Sep; 50(8):733-42. PMID: 22888997.
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    27. Blanc PD, Chin C, Lynch KL. Multifocal inflammatory leukoencephalopathy associated with cocaine abuse: is levamisole responsible? Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2012 Jul; 50(6):534-5; author reply 536. PMID: 22702903.
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    28. Wu AH, Lorizio W, Tchu S, Lynch K, Gerona R, Ji W, Ruan W, Ruddy KJ, Desantis SD, Burstein HJ, Ziv E. Estimation of tamoxifen metabolite concentrations in the blood of breast cancer patients through CYP2D6 genotype activity score. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2012 Jun; 133(2):677-83. PMID: 22294487.
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    29. Tchu SM, Lynch KL, Wu AH. Therapeutic drug monitoring of tamoxifen using LC-MS/MS. Methods Mol Biol. 2012; 902:211-22. PMID: 22767121.
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    30. Graf J, Lynch K, Yeh CL, Tarter L, Richman N, Nguyen T, Kral A, Dominy S, Imboden J. Purpura, cutaneous necrosis, and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies associated with levamisole-adulterated cocaine. Arthritis Rheum. 2011 Dec; 63(12):3998-4001. PMID: 22127712.
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    31. French D, Wu A, Lynch K. Hydrophilic interaction LC-MS/MS analysis of opioids in urine: significance of glucuronide metabolites. Bioanalysis. 2011 Dec; 3(23):2603-12. PMID: 22136049.
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    32. Kostenko L, Kjer-Nielsen L, Nicholson I, Hudson F, Lucas A, Foley B, Chen K, Lynch K, Nguyen J, Wu AH, Tait BD, Holdsworth R, Mallal S, Rossjohn J, Bharadwaj M, McCluskey J. Rapid screening for the detection of HLA-B57 and HLA-B58 in prevention of drug hypersensitivity. Tissue Antigens. 2011 Jul; 78(1):11-20. PMID: 21501118.
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    33. Lynch KL, Dominy SS, Graf J, Kral AH. Detection of levamisole exposure in cocaine users by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. J Anal Toxicol. 2011 Apr; 35(3):176-8. PMID: 21439154.
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    34. Lung D, Lynch K, Agrawal S, Armenian P, Banh K. Images in emergency medicine. Adult female with rash on lower extremities. Vasculopathic purpura and neutropenia caused by levamisole-contaminated cocaine. Ann Emerg Med. 2011 Mar; 57(3):307, 311. PMID: 21353913.
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    35. French D, Gorgi AW, Ihenetu KU, Weeks MA, Lynch KL, Wu AH. Vitamin D status of county hospital patients assessed by the DiaSorin LIAISON® 25-hydroxyvitamin D assay. Clin Chim Acta. 2011 Jan 30; 412(3-4):258-62. PMID: 20965160.
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    36. Lynch KL, Breaud AR, Vandenberghe H, Wu AH, Clarke W. Performance evaluation of three liquid chromatography mass spectrometry methods for broad spectrum drug screening. Clin Chim Acta. 2010 Oct 9; 411(19-20):1474-81. PMID: 20540936; PMCID: PMC2914548.
    37. Lynch KL, Gerona RR, Kielar DM, Martens S, McMahon HT, Martin TF. Synaptotagmin-1 utilizes membrane bending and SNARE binding to drive fusion pore expansion. Mol Biol Cell. 2008 Dec; 19(12):5093-103. PMID: 18799625; PMCID: PMC2592635.
    38. Lynch KL, Gerona RR, Larsen EC, Marcia RF, Mitchell JC, Martin TF. Synaptotagmin C2A loop 2 mediates Ca2+-dependent SNARE interactions essential for Ca2+-triggered vesicle exocytosis. Mol Biol Cell. 2007 Dec; 18(12):4957-68. PMID: 17914059; PMCID: PMC2096586.
    39. Lynch KL, Martin TF. Synaptotagmins I and IX function redundantly in regulated exocytosis but not endocytosis in PC12 cells. J Cell Sci. 2007 Feb 15; 120(Pt 4):617-27. PMID: 17264148.
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    40. Aikawa Y, Lynch KL, Boswell KL, Martin TF. A second SNARE role for exocytic SNAP25 in endosome fusion. Mol Biol Cell. 2006 May; 17(5):2113-24. PMID: 16481393; PMCID: PMC1446080.
    41. Arndt HD, Hauschild KE, Sullivan DP, Lake K, Dervan PB, Ansari AZ. Toward artificial developmental regulators. J Am Chem Soc. 2003 Nov 5; 125(44):13322-3. PMID: 14583004.
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