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Education and Training:

A.B., Biochemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (1983)

M.S., Biology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (1988)

Ph.D., Biology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, (1990)

M.D. University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (1991)

Internship in Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD (1991-92)

Residency in Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD (1992-94)

Fellow, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital, Boston, MA (1994-97)

Posdoctoral Physician Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (1997-00)

Akiko Shimamura, M.D., Ph.D.
Affiliate (pending) Professor of Hematology
University of Washington School of Medicine

Director, Bone Marrow Failure and Myelodysplastic Syndrome Programs
Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Phone: (617) 919-6109
Fax: (617) 730-0934
E-mail: akiko.shimamura@childrens.harvard.edu


Inherited bone marrow failure syndromes and aplastic anemia
Swachman-Diamond syndrome, Fanconi anemia and Diamond Blackfan anemia.

Research Interests
Hematopoiesis and leukemogenesis

Research Description
My research interests focus on hematopoiesis and leukemogenesis in the inherited marrow failure syndrome. My current studies investigate the role of ribosomal dysfunction in marrow failure and malignant transformation. I am also pursuing studies on translational control of gene expression in hematopoietic stem cells. Recent laboratory findings reported a role for mitotic spindle stabilization in genomic instability. I am a member of the scientific advisory board for the Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome Foundation and served as co-chair of the Fourth International Scientific Congress on Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome. I am also the principal investigator for the North American Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome Registry currently under development.

Selected Publications

Cantor AB, Shimamura A. Cellular basis of hematopoiesis and marrow failure syndromes. In: Kahn MJ, Gregory SA, eds. American Society of Hematology Self-Assessment Program (ASH-SAP), Third Edition. Washington, D.C.: American Society of Hematology. 2007.

Ganapathi KA, Austin KM, Lee CS, Dias A, Malsch MM, Reed R, Shimamura A. The human Shwachman-Diamond syndrome protein, SBDS, associates with ribosomal RNA. Blood. Sept 2007;110(5):1458-1465.

Kennedy RD, Chen CC, Stuckert P, Archila EM, De la Vega MA, Moreau L, Shimamura A, D'Andrea AD. Fanconi anemia pathway-deficient tumor cells are hypersensitive to inhibition of ataxia telangiectasia mutated. J Clin Invest. May 2007;117(5):1440-1449