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    Sook Wah Yee, PhD

    TitleAcademic Coordinator
    SchoolUCSF School of Pharmacy
    DepartmentBioengineering
    Address1550 4th Street, Bldg 19B
    San Francisco CA 94158
    Phone415-514-4363
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      Cardiff University, U.K.MPharmWelsh School of Pharmacy2001
      Bristol-Myers Squibb/Whiston Hospital (U.K.)Pre-Registration PharmacistPharmacy2002
      Cardiff University, U.K.PhDWelsh School of Pharmacy2005
      The Scripps Research Institute, U.S.A.PostdocDepartment of Immunology2006
      University of California San Francisco, U.S.A.PostdocDepartment of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences2012
      Collapse Awards and Honors
      15th North American Regional ISSX Meeting, San Diego2008Presentation Award Postdoctoral Research
      American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Meeting2011Presidential Trainee Award
      American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Meeting2014Presidential Trainee Award

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      My research project in laboratory of Dr. Kathy Giacomini focuses on genetic determinants of metformin response through genomewide association studies. In addition, my research also focuses on determining endogenous roles of membrane transporters through data from genomewide association studies and functional studies in cells.

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      Pharmacogenomics, Membrane Transporters, Therapeutics, Drug Action, Pharmacy

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      1. Zhou K, Yee SW, Seiser EL, van Leeuwen N, Tavendale R, Bennett AJ, Groves CJ, Coleman RL, van der Heijden AA, Beulens JW, de Keyser CE, Zaharenko L, Rotroff DM, Out M, Jablonski KA, Chen L, Javorský M, Židzik J, Levin AM, Williams LK, Dujic T, Semiz S, Kubo M, Chien HC, Maeda S, Witte JS, Wu L, Tkác I, Kooy A, van Schaik RH, Stehouwer CD, Logie L, Sutherland C, Klovins J, Pirags V, Hofman A, Stricker BH, Motsinger-Reif AA, Wagner MJ, Innocenti F, Hart LM, Holman RR, McCarthy MI, Hedderson MM, Palmer CN, Florez JC, Giacomini KM, Pearson ER, et al. Variation in the glucose transporter gene SLC2A2 is associated with glycemic response to metformin. Nat Genet. 2016 Aug 8. PMID: 27500523.
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      2. Yee SW, Giacomini MM, Hsueh CH, Weitz D, Liang X, Goswami S, Kinchen JM, Coelho A, Zur AA, Mertsch K, Brian W, Kroetz DL, Giacomini KM, et al. Metabolomic and Genome-wide Association Studies Reveal Potential Endogenous Biomarkers for OATP1B1. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2016 Jul 22. PMID: 27447836.
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      3. Goswami S, Yee SW, Xu F, Sridhar SB, Mosley JJ, Takahashi A, Kubo M, Maeda S, Davis RL, Roden DM, Hedderson MM, Giacomini KM, Savic RM, et al. A Longitudinal HbA1c Model Elucidates Genes Linked to Disease Progression on Metformin. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2016 Jul 14. PMID: 27415606.
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      4. Rotroff DM, Oki NO, Liang X, Yee SW, Stocker SL, Corum DG, Meisner M, Fiehn O, Motsinger-Reif AA, Giacomini KM, Kaddurah-Daouk R. Pharmacometabolomic Assessment of Metformin in Non-diabetic, African Americans. Front Pharmacol. 2016; 7:135. PMID: 27378919.
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      5. Yee SW, Momozawa Y, Kamatani Y, Tyndale RF, Weinshilboum RM, Ratain MJ, Giacomini KM, Kubo M, et al. Genomewide Association Studies in Pharmacogenomics: Meeting Report of the NIH Pharmacogenomics Research Network-RIKEN (PGRN-RIKEN) Collaboration. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2016 Jun 3. PMID: 27256705.
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      6. Hibma JE, Zur AA, Castro RA, Wittwer MB, Keizer RJ, Yee SW, Goswami S, Stocker SL, Zhang X, Huang Y, Brett CM, Savic RM, Giacomini KM. The Effect of Famotidine, a MATE1-Selective Inhibitor, on the Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Metformin. Clin Pharmacokinet. 2016 Jun; 55(6):711-21. PMID: 26597253.
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      7. Chhibber A, French CE, Yee SW, Gamazon ER, Theusch E, Qin X, Webb A, Papp AC, Wang A, Simmons CQ, Konkashbaev A, Chaudhry AS, Mitchel K, Stryke D, Ferrin TE, Weiss ST, Kroetz DL, Sadee W, Nickerson DA, Krauss RM, George AL, Schuetz EG, Medina MW, Cox NJ, Scherer SE, Giacomini KM, Brenner SE. Transcriptomic variation of pharmacogenes in multiple human tissues and lymphoblastoid cell lines. Pharmacogenomics J. 2016 Feb 9. PMID: 26856248.
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      8. Chien HC, Zur AA, Maurer TS, Yee SW, Tolsma J, Jasper P, Scott DO, Giacomini KM. Rapid Method To Determine Intracellular Drug Concentrations in Cellular Uptake Assays: Application to Metformin in Organic Cation Transporter 1-Transfected Human Embryonic Kidney 293 Cells. Drug Metab Dispos. 2016 Mar; 44(3):356-64. PMID: 26700958.
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      9. Liang X, Chien HC, Yee SW, Giacomini MM, Chen EC, Piao M, Hao J, Twelves J, Lepist EI, Ray AS, Giacomini KM. Metformin Is a Substrate and Inhibitor of the Human Thiamine Transporter, THTR-2 (SLC19A3). Mol Pharm. 2015 Dec 7; 12(12):4301-10. PMID: 26528626.
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      10. Yee SW, Lin L, Merski M, Keiser MJ, Gupta A, Zhang Y, Chien HC, Shoichet BK, Giacomini KM. Prediction and validation of enzyme and transporter off-targets for metformin. J Pharmacokinet Pharmacodyn. 2015 Oct; 42(5):463-75. PMID: 26335661; PMCID: PMC4656030.
      11. Lin L, Yee SW, Kim RB, Giacomini KM. SLC transporters as therapeutic targets: emerging opportunities. Nat Rev Drug Discov. 2015 Aug; 14(8):543-60. PMID: 26111766.
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      12. Chen EC, Liang X, Yee SW, Geier EG, Stocker SL, Chen L, Giacomini KM. Targeted disruption of organic cation transporter 3 attenuates the pharmacologic response to metformin. Mol Pharmacol. 2015 Jul; 88(1):75-83. PMID: 25920679; PMCID: PMC4468641 [Available on 07/01/16].
      13. Wen CC, Yee SW, Liang X, Hoffmann TJ, Kvale MN, Banda Y, Jorgenson E, Schaefer C, Risch N, Giacomini KM. Genome-wide association study identifies ABCG2 (BCRP) as an allopurinol transporter and a determinant of drug response. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2015 May; 97(5):518-25. PMID: 25676789; PMCID: PMC4479153.
      14. Chen L, Yee SW, Giacomini KM. OCT1 in hepatic steatosis and thiamine disposition. Cell Cycle. 2015; 14(3):283-4. PMID: 25590948; PMCID: PMC4353231 [Available on 02/01/16].
      15. Chen L, Shu Y, Liang X, Chen EC, Yee SW, Zur AA, Li S, Xu L, Keshari KR, Lin MJ, Chien HC, Zhang Y, Morrissey KM, Liu J, Ostrem J, Younger NS, Kurhanewicz J, Shokat KM, Ashrafi K, Giacomini KM. OCT1 is a high-capacity thiamine transporter that regulates hepatic steatosis and is a target of metformin. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jul 8; 111(27):9983-8. PMID: 24961373; PMCID: PMC4103324.
      16. Goswami S, Yee SW, Stocker S, Mosley JD, Kubo M, Castro R, Mefford JA, Wen C, Liang X, Witte J, Brett C, Maeda S, Simpson MD, Hedderson MM, Davis RL, Roden DM, Giacomini KM, Savic RM. Genetic variants in transcription factors are associated with the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of metformin. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2014 Sep; 96(3):370-9. PMID: 24853734; PMCID: PMC4171106.
      17. Clancy JP, Johnson SG, Yee SW, McDonagh EM, Caudle KE, Klein TE, Cannavo M, Giacomini KM. Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) guidelines for ivacaftor therapy in the context of CFTR genotype. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2014 Jun; 95(6):592-7. PMID: 24598717; PMCID: PMC4026598.
      18. Geier EG, Chen EC, Webb A, Papp AC, Yee SW, Sadee W, Giacomini KM. Profiling solute carrier transporters in the human blood-brain barrier. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2013 Dec; 94(6):636-9. PMID: 24013810; PMCID: PMC3906042.
      19. Drake KA, Torgerson DG, Gignoux CR, Galanter JM, Roth LA, Huntsman S, Eng C, Oh SS, Yee SW, Lin L, Bustamante CD, Moreno-Estrada A, Sandoval K, Davis A, Borrell LN, Farber HJ, Kumar R, Avila PC, Brigino-Buenaventura E, Chapela R, Ford JG, Lenoir MA, Lurmann F, Meade K, Serebrisky D, Thyne S, Rodríguez-Cintrón W, Sen S, Rodríguez-Santana JR, Hernandez RD, Giacomini KM, Burchard EG. A genome-wide association study of bronchodilator response in Latinos implicates rare variants. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Feb; 133(2):370-8. PMID: 23992748; PMCID: PMC3938989.
      20. Giacomini KM, Balimane PV, Cho SK, Eadon M, Edeki T, Hillgren KM, Huang SM, Sugiyama Y, Weitz D, Wen Y, Xia CQ, Yee SW, Zimdahl H, Niemi M. International Transporter Consortium commentary on clinically important transporter polymorphisms. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2013 Jul; 94(1):23-6. PMID: 23778707.
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      21. Schlessinger A, Yee SW, Sali A, Giacomini KM. SLC classification: an update. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2013 Jul; 94(1):19-23. PMID: 23778706; PMCID: PMC4068830.
      22. Yee SW, Mefford JA, Singh N, Percival ME, Stecula A, Yang K, Witte JS, Takahashi A, Kubo M, Matsuda K, Giacomini KM, Andreadis C. Impact of polymorphisms in drug pathway genes on disease-free survival in adults with acute myeloid leukemia. J Hum Genet. 2013 Jun; 58(6):353-61. PMID: 23677058; PMCID: PMC4068832.
      23. Yee SW, Nguyen AN, Brown C, Savic RM, Zhang Y, Castro RA, Cropp CD, Choi JH, Singh D, Tahara H, Stocker SL, Huang Y, Brett CM, Giacomini KM. Reduced renal clearance of cefotaxime in asians with a low-frequency polymorphism of OAT3 (SLC22A8). J Pharm Sci. 2013 Sep; 102(9):3451-7. PMID: 23649425; PMCID: PMC4151246.
      24. Giacomini KM, Yee SW, Ratain MJ, Weinshilboum RM, Kamatani N, Nakamura Y. Pharmacogenomics and patient care: one size does not fit all. Sci Transl Med. 2012 Sep 26; 4(153):153ps18. PMID: 23019654; PMCID: PMC3963516.
      25. Dubois SG, Geier E, Batra V, Yee SW, Neuhaus J, Segal M, Martinez D, Pawel B, Yanik G, Naranjo A, London WB, Kreissman S, Baker D, Attiyeh E, Hogarty MD, Maris JM, Giacomini K, Matthay KK. Evaluation of Norepinephrine Transporter Expression and Metaiodobenzylguanidine Avidity in Neuroblastoma: A Report from the Children's Oncology Group. Int J Mol Imaging. 2012; 2012:250834. PMID: 23050139; PMCID: PMC3463166.
      26. Smith RP, Lam ET, Markova S, Yee SW, Ahituv N. Pharmacogene regulatory elements: from discovery to applications. Genome Med. 2012; 4(5):45. PMID: 22630332; PMCID: PMC3506911.
      27. Yee SW, Chen L, Giacomini KM. The role of ATM in response to metformin treatment and activation of AMPK. Nat Genet. 2012 Apr; 44(4):359-60. PMID: 22456732; PMCID: PMC3359140.
      28. Choi JH, Yee SW, Ramirez AH, Morrissey KM, Jang GH, Joski PJ, Mefford JA, Hesselson SE, Schlessinger A, Jenkins G, Castro RA, Johns SJ, Stryke D, Sali A, Ferrin TE, Witte JS, Kwok PY, Roden DM, Wilke RA, McCarty CA, Davis RL, Giacomini KM. A common 5'-UTR variant in MATE2-K is associated with poor response to metformin. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2011 Nov; 90(5):674-84. PMID: 21956618; PMCID: PMC3329222.
      29. Picard N, Levoir L, Lamoureux F, Yee SW, Giacomini KM, Marquet P. Interaction of sirolimus and everolimus with hepatic and intestinal organic anion-transporting polypeptide transporters. Xenobiotica. 2011 Sep; 41(9):752-7. PMID: 21524191.
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      30. Matsson P, Yee SW, Markova S, Morrissey K, Jenkins G, Xuan J, Jorgenson E, Kroetz DL, Giacomini KM. Discovery of regulatory elements in human ATP-binding cassette transporters through expression quantitative trait mapping. Pharmacogenomics J. 2012 Jun; 12(3):214-26. PMID: 21383772; PMCID: PMC3325368.
      31. Yee SW, Gong L, Badagnani I, Giacomini KM, Klein TE, Altman RB. SLC19A1 pharmacogenomics summary. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2010 Nov; 20(11):708-15. PMID: 20811316; PMCID: PMC2956130.
      32. More SS, Li S, Yee SW, Chen L, Xu Z, Jablons DM, Giacomini KM. Organic cation transporters modulate the uptake and cytotoxicity of picoplatin, a third-generation platinum analogue. Mol Cancer Ther. 2010 Apr; 9(4):1058-69. PMID: 20371711; PMCID: PMC3258025.
      33. Yee SW, Chen L, Giacomini KM. Pharmacogenomics of membrane transporters: past, present and future. Pharmacogenomics. 2010 Apr; 11(4):475-9. PMID: 20350125; PMCID: PMC3234298.
      34. Schlessinger A, Matsson P, Shima JE, Pieper U, Yee SW, Kelly L, Apeltsin L, Stroud RM, Ferrin TE, Giacomini KM, Sali A. Comparison of human solute carriers. Protein Sci. 2010 Mar; 19(3):412-28. PMID: 20052679; PMCID: PMC2866268.
      35. Giacomini KM, Huang SM, Tweedie DJ, Benet LZ, Brouwer KL, Chu X, Dahlin A, Evers R, Fischer V, Hillgren KM, Hoffmaster KA, Ishikawa T, Keppler D, Kim RB, Lee CA, Niemi M, Polli JW, Sugiyama Y, Swaan PW, Ware JA, Wright SH, Yee SW, Zamek-Gliszczynski MJ, Zhang L. Membrane transporters in drug development. Nat Rev Drug Discov. 2010 Mar; 9(3):215-36. PMID: 20190787; PMCID: PMC3326076.
      36. Kroetz DL, Yee SW, Giacomini KM. The pharmacogenomics of membrane transporters project: research at the interface of genomics and transporter pharmacology. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2010 Jan; 87(1):109-16. PMID: 19940846; PMCID: PMC2923224.
      37. Picard N, Yee SW, Woillard JB, Lebranchu Y, Le Meur Y, Giacomini KM, Marquet P. The role of organic anion-transporting polypeptides and their common genetic variants in mycophenolic acid pharmacokinetics. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2010 Jan; 87(1):100-8. PMID: 19890249; PMCID: PMC2884029.
      38. Ha Choi J, Wah Yee S, Kim MJ, Nguyen L, Ho Lee J, Kang JO, Hesselson S, Castro RA, Stryke D, Johns SJ, Kwok PY, Ferrin TE, Goo Lee M, Black BL, Ahituv N, Giacomini KM. Identification and characterization of novel polymorphisms in the basal promoter of the human transporter, MATE1. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2009 Oct; 19(10):770-80. PMID: 19745787; PMCID: PMC2976711.
      39. Hesselson SE, Matsson P, Shima JE, Fukushima H, Yee SW, Kobayashi Y, Gow JM, Ha C, Ma B, Poon A, Johns SJ, Stryke D, Castro RA, Tahara H, Choi JH, Chen L, Picard N, Sjödin E, Roelofs MJ, Ferrin TE, Myers R, Kroetz DL, Kwok PY, Giacomini KM. Genetic variation in the proximal promoter of ABC and SLC superfamilies: liver and kidney specific expression and promoter activity predict variation. PLoS One. 2009; 4(9):e6942. PMID: 19742321; PMCID: PMC2735003.
      40. Chen Y, Li S, Brown C, Cheatham S, Castro RA, Leabman MK, Urban TJ, Chen L, Yee SW, Choi JH, Huang Y, Brett CM, Burchard EG, Giacomini KM. Effect of genetic variation in the organic cation transporter 2 on the renal elimination of metformin. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2009 Jul; 19(7):497-504. PMID: 19483665; PMCID: PMC3104496.
      41. Chen Y, Teranishi K, Li S, Yee SW, Hesselson S, Stryke D, Johns SJ, Ferrin TE, Kwok P, Giacomini KM. Genetic variants in multidrug and toxic compound extrusion-1, hMATE1, alter transport function. Pharmacogenomics J. 2009 Apr; 9(2):127-36. PMID: 19172157; PMCID: PMC2949062.
      42. Tahara H, Yee SW, Urban TJ, Hesselson S, Castro RA, Kawamoto M, Stryke D, Johns SJ, Ferrin TE, Kwok PY, Giacomini KM. Functional genetic variation in the basal promoter of the organic cation/carnitine transporters OCTN1 (SLC22A4) and OCTN2 (SLC22A5). J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2009 Apr; 329(1):262-71. PMID: 19141711; PMCID: PMC2670604.
      43. Yee SW, Shima JE, Hesselson S, Nguyen L, De Val S, Lafond RJ, Kawamoto M, Johns SJ, Stryke D, Kwok PY, Ferrin TE, Black BL, Gurwitz D, Ahituv N, Giacomini KM. Identification and characterization of proximal promoter polymorphisms in the human concentrative nucleoside transporter 2 (SLC28A2). J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2009 Mar; 328(3):699-707. PMID: 19098160; PMCID: PMC2682268.
      44. Cropp CD, Yee SW, Giacomini KM. Genetic variation in drug transporters in ethnic populations. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2008 Sep; 84(3):412-6. PMID: 18528433; PMCID: PMC2976712.
      45. Cropp CD, Komori T, Shima JE, Urban TJ, Yee SW, More SS, Giacomini KM. Organic anion transporter 2 (SLC22A7) is a facilitative transporter of cGMP. Mol Pharmacol. 2008 Apr; 73(4):1151-8. PMID: 18216183; PMCID: PMC2698938.
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