Shioko Kimura received her Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan in 1979. She spent three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada. In 1983, she joined the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md, USA as a Visiting Fellow. In 1986, she moved to the Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis, National Cancer Institute. Since 1996, she has been Head of the Endocrinology Section, Laboratory of Metabolism, National Cancer Institute. Kimura is interested in understanding the role of homeodomain transcription factor NKX2-1 in genesis, homeostasis, and carcinogenesis of the thyroid and lung using Nkx2-1-null and Nkx2-1 thyroid-null mice that her laboratory established. Recently she has been also working on a lung-enriched cytokine-like molecule, secretoglobin (SCGB) 3A2, the downstream target for NKX2-1, to understand the role of SCGB3A2 in the function, homeostasis, and carcinogenesis of lung.
Biography Updated on 5 September 2011