Shingo Kajimura: Using Good Fat to Fight the Bad

Shingo Kajimura, PhD, is a researcher who is studying the cells that cause obesity. He and his team are examining brown fat cell development and its role in controlling energy homeostasis. His research will help determine new ways to prevent obesity and treat diseases caused by obesity.

In March 2014, Shingo received the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. In addition to helping advance his research on brown fat, the award allowed Shingo to connect with many talented scientists.

Shingo is an assistant professor in the Department of Cell & Tissue Biology, School of Dentistry, with a joint appointment in the Diabetes Center and the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research. Shingo is a passionate scientist whose work engineering fat cells will provide an alternate approach to addressing obesity, and hopefully will function synergistically with conventional anti-obesity therapies.

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