Kirstan Gimse

Kirstan Gimse headshot
330 North Orchard Street, Room 4165A-1
Madison WI 53715
Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers
Joined WID: 2018

CRISPR-Cas gene editing in the brain for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders


Kirstan Gimse received her B.S. in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics and Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin- Parkside after which she came to UW-Madison for graduate school. She graduated with a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology in 2022 and now works as a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratories of Dr. Sushmita Roy and Dr. Krishanu Saha. Her research focuses on elucidating molecular mechanisms driving pathology in neurodegenerative disorders and on advancing gene-therapy based therapeutics for these disorders.

In her free time, Kirstan enjoys freshwater lakes and rivers, forests, reading, and her dog.


  • BS, Chemistry; Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • PhD, Cellular and Molecular Pathology, University of Wisconsin–Madison


  • Somatic Cell Gene Editing Consortium
  • American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy
  • Society for Neuroscience


  • NHGRI T32 Genomic Sciences Training Program Postdoctoral Traineeship (2022, 2023)
  • ACD RNA Scope HiPlex Project Grant (2021)
  • NIH T32 Cellular and Molecular Pathology Training Program Traineeship (2017)
  • NSF GRFP Honorable Mention  (2017)
  • American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair Travel Award (2017)