Shizuka Uchida , Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Shizuka Uchida, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Medicine with the School of Medicine and an Investigator with Cardiovascular Innovative Institute’s division of Regenerative Medicine.
His research focuses on elucidating the functions of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) using dry (bioinformatics) and wet (biology) lab techniques. He hopes to apply basic biology to rejuvenate ailing hearts by directing the differentiation of resident adult cardiac stem cells into functional cardiomyocytes using lncRNAs.
He has training in various fields of biology (e.g. developmental biology, molecular biology) as well as hands-on training in bioinformatics in academia and industry. Prior to joining the CII, he led research groups at Goethe University Frankfurt (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) and at Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research (Bad Nauheim, Germany).
Dr. Uchida received a B.S. in Biology and Ancient Greek from Creighton University (1998), M.S. in Bioinformatics from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) (2003), and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) (2007).