Karin Hoffmeister, MD
Karin Hoffmeister, MD
Hauske Family Endowed Chair in Glycobiology, Deputy Director
Transfusion Medicine, Vascular Biology and Cell Therapy
Hauske Family Endowed Chair in Glycobiology
Deputy Director, Senior Investigator
Versiti Blood Research Institute
Program Director, Primary Mentor
Translational Glycomics Center
Medical College of Wisconsin
Education and Training
Technical University of Aachen
Doctor of Medicine 1995
Doctoral Research Degree
Technical University of Aachen
Karin Hoffmeister is working hard to bring the field of glycoscience into mainstream research and clinical practice. The specialty field focuses on uncovering the structure and function of sugar molecules and their role in health and disease. Hoffmeister said the field receives little attention, but the research emerging from it could be critical when designing and testing new therapies for blood diseases.
“There is a specificity to sugar molecules that is absolutely phenomenal, but there was no understanding or consideration for them in the clinic 25 years ago,” said Hoffmeister, a senior investigator and director of the Translational Glycomics Center at Versiti. Scientists shy away from investigating sugar molecules because of their perceived complexity and, Hoffmeister said, because of the lack of education, research tools, and collaboration opportunities that would make the work appealing.
But Hoffmeister, who also is a professor of biochemistry and medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, is determined to change that. As head of the glycomics center, she is developing a human glycome database to understand how sugar molecules on the surface of hematopoietic cells function in both healthy and disease states. Under her leadership, the center will focus on innovative approaches to improving hematopoietic stem cell transplants and transfusions of blood platelets. At the same time, Hoffmeister is training the next generation of glycoscience investigators in her role as a program director and principal investigator of the first NHLBI National Career Development Consortium for Excellence in Glycoscience. The consortium is located at several sites and works to bridge glycosciences with today’s medical needs.
Grant: R01-HL-089224 “Carbohydrate-mediated Platelet Clearance” – National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (Principal Investigator) 2007 – 2021.
Grant: K12-HL-141954 “Glycans in Blood Homeostasis and Disease” - National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (Principal Investigator) 2018 – 2023.
Ratnashree Biswas, MD
Robert Burns, PhD
Computational Biologist (Dry Lab)
Melissa Lee-Sundlov, PhD
Research Scientist and K12 Scholar
Leonardo Rivadeneyra, PhD
- Hoffmeister KM. TPO-logy accepted. Blood. 2018 Aug 09; 132(6):555-557.
- Lorenz V, Ramsey H, Liu ZJ, Italiano J, Hoffmeister K, Bihorel S, Mager D, Hu Z, Slayton WB, Kile BT, Sola-Visner M, Ferrer-Marin F. Developmental Stage-Specific Manifestations of Absent TPO/c-MPL Signalling in Newborn Mice. Thromb Haemost. 2017 12; 117(12):2322-2333.
- Chen W, Druzak SA, Wang Y, Josephson CD, Hoffmeister KM, Ware J, Li R. Refrigeration-Induced Binding of von Willebrand Factor Facilitates Fast Clearance of Refrigerated Platelets. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2017 12; 37(12):2271-2279.
- Fischer K, Ohori S, Meral FC, Uehara M, Giannini S, Ichimura T, Smith RN, Jolesz FA, Guleria I, Zhang Y, White PJ, McDannold NJ, Hoffmeister K, Givertz MM, Abdi R. Testing the Efficacy of Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound in Detecting Transplant Rejection Using a Murine Model of Heart Transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2017 Jul; 17(7):1791-1801.
- Lee-Sundlov MM, Ashline DJ, Hanneman AJ, Grozovsky R, Reinhold VN, Hoffmeister KM, Lau JT. Circulating blood and platelets supply glycosyltransferases that enable extrinsic extracellular glycosylation. Glycobiology. 2017 01; 27(2):188-198.
- Li R, Hoffmeister KM, Falet H. Glycans and the platelet life cycle. Platelets. 2016 Sep; 27(6):505-11.
- Hoffmeister KM, Falet H. Platelet clearance by the hepatic Ashwell-Morrell receptor: mechanisms and biological significance. Thromb Res. 2016 May; 141 Suppl 2:S68-72.
- Grozovsky R, Giannini S, Falet H, Hoffmeister KM. Novel mechanisms of platelet clearance and thrombopoietin regulation. Curr Opin Hematol. 2015 Sep; 22(5):445-51.
- Grozovsky R, Giannini S, Falet H, Hoffmeister KM. Regulating billions of blood platelets: glycans and beyond. Blood. 2015 Oct 15; 126(16):1877-84.
Translational GlycOmics K12 Center
The Translational Glycomics Center is part of the Blood Research Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We focus our efforts on platelet and glycan based research under the direction of Karin Hoffmeister, MD. The TGC hosts an annual Glycomics Symposium each spring, featuring nationally renowned speakers. The center is also part of the first NHLBI established consortium of four sites to focus on career development of the next generation of biomedical investigators in glycoscience. The ultimate goal of the consortium is to push glycoscience from a niche research area into the forefront of mainstream medical research.
Karin Hoffmeister became the Director of the Translational Glycomics Center at the Blood Research Institute (Versiti, WI) in 2017. The goal of the Center is to determine how glycans and glyco-genetics regulate hematopoiesis during development, under steady state and in disease. The combination of her skills as a clinician-scientist keeps the Center focused on translational aspects of research and is a prerequisite to the often needed “out of the box” thinking when approaching relatively unknown areas of investigation, such as glycans and regulation of glycol-genetics.
Translational GlycOmics K12 Program
For the first time, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) offered a K12 Career Development Program in translational glycosciences called “National Career Development Consortium for Excellence in Glycosciences.”
This program is located at several sites nationwide, including: the Blood Research Institute (BRI) and the Center for Translational Glycomics, BloodCenter of Wisconsin (BCW), in association with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW); Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (Roswell); and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).
The Program will support and educate glycoscientists so that they can better understand the functional diversity and specificity of glycans.
For more information, visit: Translational GlycOmics Program for Career Development in Glycoscience