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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

George A. Kaysen, MD, Ph.D.

George A. Kaysen, MD, Ph.D.

6311 Genome Building
Davis Campus
Ph: (530) 752-2970

Research Funding

National Institutes of Health

Graduate Group Affiliations

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Research Interests

Roles of nutrition and inflammation in establishing plasma protein composition and body composition in humans. Albumin metabolism in nephrotic syndrome; regulation of hepatic gene express.

Mechanism of hyperlipidemia in renal disease, consequence and cause of inflammation in dialysis, effects of inflammation on vascular endothelial structure and function, regulation of plasma protein composition.


Representative Publications

Kaysen GA , Kotanko P, Zhu F ,Sarkar S, Heymsfield SB, Kuhlmann MK, Levin NW. Estimation of adipose pools in hemodialysis patients from anthropometric measures. J Renal Nutrition. 2008.

Hsu J, Johansen KL, Hsu CY, Kaysen GA, Chertow GM. Higher serum creatinine concentrations in black patients with chronic kidney disease: beyond nutritional status and body composition. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol, 2008. 3(4): 992-7.

Kaysen GA, Kotanko P, Zhu F, Sarkar SR, Heymsfield SB, Kuhlmann MK, Dwyer T, Usvyat L, Havel P, Levin NW. Relationship between adiposity and cardiovascular risk factors in prevalent hemodialysis patients. J Ren Nutr, 2009. 19(5): 357-64.

Kaysen GA. Potential restoration of HDL function with apolipoprotein A-I mimetic peptide in end-stage renal disease. Kidney Int, 2009. 76(4): 359-61.

Anderson S, Halter JB, Hazzard WR, Himmelfarb J, Horne FM, Kaysen GA, Kusek JW, Nayfield SG, Schmader K, Tian Y, Ashworth JR, Clayton CP, Parker RP, Tarver ED, Woolard NF, High KP,. Prediction, progression, and outcomes of chronic kidney disease in older adults. J Am Soc Nephrol, 2009. 20(6): 1199-209.

Kutner NG, Johansen KL, Kaysen GA, Pederson S, Chen SC, Agodoa LY, Eggers PW, Chertow GM. The comprehensive dialysis study (CDS): a USRDS special study. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol, 2009. 4(3): 645-50.

Kaysen GA. New insights into lipid metabolism in chronic kidney disease: what are the practical implications? Blood Purif, 2009. 27(1): 86-91.

Kaysen GA. Lipid and lipoprotein metabolism in chronic kidney disease. J Ren Nutr, 2009. 19(1): 73-7.


Recent/Current Teaching

Upper division courses
  • 192 Internship in Biological Chemistry
  • 198 Group Study
  • 199 Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates
Graduate courses
  • 209 Prostaglandins/Leukotrienes and Related Lipids (offered even years)
  • 214 Molecular Medicine
  • 217 Molecular Genetics of Fungi (odd years)
  • 222 Mechanisms of Translational Control (even years)
  • 230 Practical NMR
  • 231 Biomedical NMR (same as BPH 231)
  • 291 Human Genetics Seminar
  • 298 Group Study
  • 299 Research
Professional courses for medical students
  • 410A Molecular and Cell Biology
  • 410B Cell Biology and Metabolism
  • 414 Molecular Medicine
  • 491 Human Genetics Seminar
  • 497 Tutoring in Biological Chemistry
  • 498 Group Study
  • 499 Research