Dr. Vera Krymskaya is a Professor of Medicine with tenure at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Division. She is the member of the Cardiovascular Institute, Center for Environmental Toxicology, LAM Clinic, Abramson Cancer Center, and Lung Biology Institute. She serves as a Chair of the Penn Forum for Women Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Krymskaya specializes in rare and common lung diseases including lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), Tuberous Sclerosis (TS), Birt-Hogg-Dube, idiopathic Multicentric Castleman’s disease, pulmonary arterial hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma. Focus of her studies is on determining molecular targets for potential therapeutic interventions. Dr. Krymskaya’s seminal discoveries in LAM and TS impacted the fields’ understanding of molecular mechanisms and the development of new DFA-approved clinical treatment for LAM and TS. She is Principal Investigator of a clinical trial to determine The safety of simvastatin (The SOS Trial) in combination with either sirolimus or everolimus in patients with LAM and TS-LAM.
Dr. Krymskaya received numerous awards including the Established Investigator Awards from the LAM Foundation, continued funding from NIH NHLBI, DOD, and American Lung Association. Dr. Krymskaya is a member of the Board of Directors of the LAM Foundation and the National Disease Research Interchange. She also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the LAM Foundation, and the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network. She is a member of the Department of Defense TSC Research Program Scientific Peer Review Council. Dr. Krymskaya serves at the editorial board of the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology and as a reviewer of many reputed journals including Nature Insights, the Journal of Clinical Investigations, Cancer Research, and PNAS among others Dr. Krymskaya received the Science Advancement Award from the LAM Foundation, and is an elected fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.