Pittsburgh, PA

Principal Systems Software Engineer, Carnegie Mellon University

Represented: Patients, Caregivers, and Patient Advocates

Robin Karlin discovered that she carries a BRCA1 genetic mutation in January of 2011. After navigating complex medical decisions and undergoing prophylactic surgeries, she became involved in patient advocacy on behalf of the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community. She is a Peer Support Group Leader for the Pittsburgh Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) group, a member of the Steering Committee and Research Prioritization Work Group of the PCORnet-funded ABOUT Network, and a volunteer for FORCE’s Peer Navigation Program. She also participates in the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Research Advocacy Network (BCRAN). Professionally, she is a software engineer at Carnegie Mellon University in the Computing Services Department.

Karlin previously served as a member of the Advisory Panel on Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options.

Karlin served as a member of the Advisory Panel on Clinical Effectiveness Decision Science from August 2017 to August 2020.

Conflicts of Interest

As of March 31, 2017                       

  • Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, volunteer (self)
  • Breast Cancer Research Advocacy Network (BCRAN), University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, member (self)
  • University of Pittsburgh, Public Health, employee (spouse) 


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