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  • Edna Sayomi Kaneshiro, BS, MS, PhD
  • Distinguished Research Professor
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  • Rieveschl Hall —0006
  • (513) 556-9712
  • edna.kaneshiro@uc.edu

Interest:

  • The primary contributions from this lab have been on the lipids of eukaryotic protists, including freeliving, parasitic, and opportunistic pathogens. Although work on a number of different protozoa are being performed, our current focus is on the AIDS-associated opportunistic infection caused by Pneumocystis carinii. This organism causes a type of pneumonia that can lead to the death of immunocompromised individuals. Pneumocystis proliferates extracellularly in the lung alveolus where lipids constitute a major part of lung surfactant. Thus, lipids are thought to be important to the nutrition, physiology and metabolism of the organism. The biosynthesis of pathogen-specific lipids represent potential targets for drug development. We also have an interest in the cell biology and life history of this poorly understood opportunistic infectious agent.

    Education:

  • B.S.: Syracuse University, 1959
  • M.S.: Syracuse University, 1962
  • Ph.D.: Syracuse University, 1968

Post Graduate Training/Education

  • Post-doctoral fellow
    1968-1970, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Cell Biology
  • Post-doctoral fellow
    1970-1972, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, Biochemistry

Current Research:

  • NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics, Biological Sciences preproposal for A & S competition. - Grant, PI, Denied.
  • Water Environment Research Foundation. Preproposal Local Algal Turf Scrubbing for Wastewater Treatment and Biofuel/Biomass Production - Grant, PI, Denied.
  • University Research Council. Lipids and the Predatory Behavior and Parasitic Life Style of the Proteobacterium Bacteriovorax stolpii
  • Burroughs Wellcome Foundation. 9th International Workshops on Opportunistic Protists
  • National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases. Sterol Metabolism in Pneumocystis
  • National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases. 9th International Workshops on Opportunistic Protists
  • National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases. Supplement grant to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research "Undergraduate Student Nhu-An Nguyen"
  • National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases. Sterol Metabolism in Pneumocystis
  • Burroughs Wellcome Foundation. 10th International Workshops on Opportunistic Protists
  • National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases. Sterol Metabolism in Pneumocystis
  • NIAID. NIAID, R13 conference grant. The 10th and 11th International Workshops on Opportunistic Protists, - Grant, PI
  • National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, Division of AIDS. 10th & 11th International Workshops on Opportunistic Protists
  • University of Cincinnati, Provost's Diversity Committee. Short-Term Visitors - Grant, PI, Completed.
  • RO1 AI064084 NIAID. Sterol Metabolism in Pneumocystis - Grant, PI, Active.
  • ID 1008873 Burroughs Wellcome Fund. 11th International Workshops on Opportunistic Protists - Grant, PI, Completed.
  • NIAID AI064084 NIAID. NIH research grant, "Sterol Metabolism in Pneumocystis", $, P.I., ($285,561, 2009-10) extension of project period without additional funds. - Grant, PI, Active.
  • . University of Cincinnati, Provost's Committee on Faculty Diversity, Recruitment of a minority faculty member in cell biology, 2010-2012, $24,000 - Grant, PI, Active.
  • 1R13AI078718-01 NIAID. The 10th and 11th International Workshops on Opportunistic Protists - Grant, PI, Active.
  • NIAID. "International Workshops on Opportunistic Protists (IWOP-12, 13, and 14) - Grant, co-investigator, Pending.
  • 1R01AI064084-01A1 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Sterol Metabolism in Pneumocystis, PI, Closed.
  • 1005818 Burroughs Wellcome Fund. IX International Workshops on Opportunistic Protists, PI, Closed.
  • 1R13AI069741-01 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Ninth International Workshops On Opportunistic Protists, PI, Closed.
  • 1R21-AI49145-01A1NCE National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Pneumocystis Biochemistry: Ubiquinones, PI, Closed.
  • 1-R13-AI49743-01 National Institutes of Health. 7th International Workshops on Opportunistic Protists, PI, Closed.
  • AI29316-9 NCE National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Characterization of Pneumocystis Carinii Lipids, PI, Closed.
  • NCE National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Isoprenoid Drug Targets in Pneumocystis Carinii, PI, Closed.
  • 1-R13-AI45627-01 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 6th Annual International Workshops on Opportunistic Protists, PI, Closed.
  • 1007406 Kaneshiro Burroughs Wellcome Fund. 10th International Workshops on Opportunistic Protists, PI, Closed.
  • R13 A1078718 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 10th and 11th International Workshops On Opportunistic Protists (IWOP-10; IWOP-11), PI, Closed.
  • 1008873 Burroughs Wellcome Fund. 11th International Workshops on Opportunistic Protists, PI, Active.

Professional Affiliation:

  • Council of Biology Editors, 1989-99
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Institute for Biological Sciences, (council)
  • American Association of University Women
  • International CoQ10 Association
  • American Society for Cell Biology
  • American Society for Cell Biology, Attended the Annual Meetings of the American Society for Cell Biology (Denver, CO) to (1) network with diversity leaders to help identifiy potential diversity faculty members for the Department of Biological Sciences and (2) planned, prepared and manned a table in the Graduate Student Fair to advertise and solicit applications to our graduate program
  • American Institute for Biological Sciences
  • I am a member of AIBS in addition to being a representative of a member organization. I attended the AIBS Council Meeting, Dec 07, 2011 in Washington, DC
  • American Association of University Women
  • American Association of University Women, I am an active dues-paying member of AAUW
  • American Association of University Professors
  • American Association of University Professors, I am an active, dues-paying member of AAUP
  • American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • I am an active, dues-paying member of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and receive its journal.
  • American Orchid Society
  • American Orchid Society , I am an active, dues-paying member of the American Orchid Socieity and donate monthly magazines to UC chem./biol library
  • American Women in Science, I am a member of the American Women in Science

Recent Awards/Honors:

  • Phi Sigma. Biological Sciences Honorary, National, 1959,2010
  • Elected member of the Corporation. Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, Recognition, Honorary, 1973,2010
  • Elected member. Sigma Xi, national honorary for research (chapter 045 Secretary, 1987-89; Vice President, 1989-91; President, 1991-92; Nominating Committee, 1997, 2002; President, 2009-10, Past President, Advisory Board, 2009-2011), National, 1974,2010
  • Elected member of the Corporation. Beta beta beta, Biological Honors Society Xi Kappa chapter, organizer, adviser, and charter member Fellowship, National, 1988,2010
  • University of Cincinnati, Fellow of the Graduate School. Membership Committee, 2003-04; Distinguished Lectureship Committee, 2005-present; chair, 2005-07; Rieveschl Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, Selection Committee, 2005-present Sigma Xi Award for Outstanding Young Investigator, Selection Committee, 2005-present Fellowship, University, 1994,2010
  • The Henri Warembourg Faculty of Medicine Medal. University of Lille, Lille, France Recognition, International, 1997,1997
  • Faculty Achievement Award. University of Cincinnati Recognition, University, 1997,1997
  • Outstanding Accomplishments Award. Society of Protozoologists Recognition, International, 1998,1998
  • Elected Fellow. American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowship, National, 1999,2010
  • The Rieveschl Award for Distinguished Scientific Research. University of Cincinnati Recognition, University, 2001,2001
  • Elected Fellow. American Academy of Microbiology Procter & Gamble Award for Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Selection Committee, 2002-05; ad hoc chair, 2004; nominating committee, 2007-2010; Selection Committee, 2011- Fellowship, National, 2001,2010
  • Distinguished Research Professorship Non-Monetary, University, 2005,2010
  • USA Commissioner. International Commission on Protozoology, International Union of Biological Sciences Non-Monetary, International, 2003,2009
  • Herman Schneider Legacy Society. member Recognition, University


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