Prof Riko Nishimura
Riko Nishimura, DDS, PhD, graduated from Osaka University Faculty of Dentistry in 1985 and from Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry in 1990. He worked as an instructor in New York University Medical Center with Prof Joseph Schlessinger and learned molecular biology and intracellular signaling mechanisms (1992-1994), and worked as a faculty associate in University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio with Profs Gregory R Mundy and Toshiyuki Yoneda and (1994-1998). He became a professor and chair of Department of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry, Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry in 2012. He is also an associate executive director of Osaka University and a vice dean of Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry from 2015. He was awarded a Young Investigator Award from American Society for Bone and Mineral Research in 1995, Academic Award from Japan Society for Bone and Mineral Research in 2006, and Academic Award from Japanese Association for Oral Biology in 2014. His scientific interest is the signal transduction and transcriptional regulation that conduct differentiation and function of osteoblasts, osteoclasts, chondrocytes and adipocytes.