Field of Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Siu Sylvia Lee
Current Position: Acting Assistant Professor of Comparative Medicine
I grew up in Wahiawa, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. I then spent four years in California obtaining my undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences. During this time, I studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan, and spent three months at the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute in Inuyama. While at the PRI, I worked with the lab animal veterinarians there, and became attracted to the idea of becoming a veterinarian myself. Once at Cornell, I spent a summer in the Veterinary Investigator Program where I discovered the excitement of doing basic research as well.
DVM, Cornell University, 2013
PhD, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, 2012
BS, Biological Sciences - Stanford University
Publications and Presentations
1: Iwata TN, Cowley TJ, Sloma M, Ji Y, Kim H, Qi L, Lee SS. The transcriptional co-regulator HCF-1 is required for INS-1 β-cell glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 8;8(11):e78841. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0078841. eCollection 2013. PubMed PMID: 24250814; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3826731.
2: Rizki G, Iwata TN, Li J, Riedel CG, Picard CL, Jan M, Murphy CT, Lee SS. The evolutionarily conserved longevity determinants HCF-1 and SIR-2.1/SIRT1 collaborate to regulate DAF-16/FOXO. PLoS Genet. 2011 Sep;7(9):e1002235. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1002235. Epub 2011 Sep 1. PubMed PMID: 21909281; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3164695.
3: Li J, Ebata A, Dong Y, Rizki G, Iwata T, Lee SS. Caenorhabditis elegans HCF-1 functions in longevity maintenance as a DAF-16 regulator. PLoS Biol. 2008 Sep 30;6(9):e233. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0060233. PubMed PMID: 18828672; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2553839.
4: Han L, Dias Figueiredo M, Berghorn KA, Iwata TN, Clark-Campbell PA, Welsh IC, Wang W, O'brien TP, Lin DM, Roberson MS. Analysis of the gene regulatory program induced by the homeobox transcription factor distal-less 3 in mouse placenta. Endocrinology. 2007 Mar;148(3):1246-54. Epub 2006 Nov 16. PubMed PMID: 17110422.