Sook Wah Yee, PhD

Phone: +1 415 514-4363
Fax: +1 415 514-4361
1550 Fourth St, Rm 584A
UCSF Box 2911
San Francisco, CA 94158
United States

What I do

As a faculty member in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, I specialize in genetic variations in membrane transporters. By integrating data and knowledge, my work aims to explores the roles of membrane transporters in physiological processes, drug absorption, and elimination. I am also an associate director of pharmacogenomics research collaborating with Bani Tamraz, PhD, to promote pharmacogenomics research for the School of Pharmacy.

Departmental research area

Professional background


My research project in laboratory of Dr. Kathy Giacomini focuses on genetic determinants of metformin response through genomewide association studies. In addition, my research also focuses on determining endogenous roles of membrane transporters through data from genomewide association studies and functional studies in cells. I am actively involved in Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN)-Hub ( to enhance scientific exchange and to expand the boundaries of understanding drug response within the context of precision medicine, both within the PGRN and between the PGRN and the scientific community at large. I work together with the team to create a robust PGRN website with multiple features and facilitating opportunities to access large resources that will enable collaborative research.

Research keywords

  • pharmacogenomics
  • Drug Action
  • pharmacy
  • therapeutics
  • membrane transporters
  • drug interactions
  • Thiamine
  • Organic Cation Transport Proteins
  • Pharmaceutical Research
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Primates
  • Metformin
  • Pharmacogenomic Variants
  • Membrane Transport Proteins
  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
  • pharmacokinetics
  • pharmacogenetics
  • Organic Cation Transporter 1