Center for Translational Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacogenomics

The center is a collaborative group of pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics experts with the scientific and technical expertise, knowledge, and physical resources to conduct high-level translational research in these fields.

  • Pharmacokinetics: the study of the time course of absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (i.e., disposition) of drugs in the body.
  • Pharmacodynamics: the study of the relationship between drug concentrations and drug response in the body.
  • Pharmacogenomics: the study of how genetic variation influences interindividual variability in drug disposition and response.

Academic and private investigators who wish to incorporate pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics into their research programs are invited to contact the Center for opportunities to collaborate with members.

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Katerina Kechris PhD

  • Department of Biostatistics & Informatics
  • Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity & Diabetes Center; Center for Innovative Design and Analysis


Primary Phone:303-724-4363

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. Kechris' research focuses on the development and application of statistical methods for analyzing omics data. Dr. Kechris has several focus areas: (1) analyzing transcription factor binding and miRNA data to study the regulation of transcription and post-transcriptional processing, (2) examining the genetic and epigenetic factors controlling gene expression, (3) exploring the metabolome, and (4) integrating multiple omics data. Kechris collaborates with investigators studying alcohol abuse using animal models, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the COPDGene genetic epidemiology study, and diabetes and obesity in birth cohorts.

Areas of Expertise

  • Biostatistics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Data science
  • Genomics
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, Statistics, University of California Berkeley, 2003
  • MA, Statistics, University of California Berkeley, 1999
  • BS, Applied Mathematics, University of California Los Angeles, 1997


  • Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 2020
  • Fellow, American Statistical Association, 2019
  • Excellence in Faculty Research Award, Colorado School of Public Health, 2017


  • HPLC with UV, Fluorescence, PDA
  • LC-MS (ThermoScientific MSQ)
  • LC-MS-MS (ThermoScientific TSQ Quantum)
  • UPLC-MS-MS (ThermoScientific Accela-TSQ Vantage)


  • DNA isolation
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Pyrosequencing


  • PDx-POP
  • Pirana
  • PsN
  • Xpose4
  • Phoenix Academic Bundle
  • Phoenix WinNonlin
  • NLME
  • Connect
  • Simcyp Simulator
  • Simcyp Animal
  • Boomer


  • Biotage Primer Design Software
  • PHASE (for haplotype analysis)

Study Design and Statistical Analysis

  • PASS Power and Sample Size Software
  • SPSS Statistical Analysis Software
  • SAS Statistical Analysis Software
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