Dr. Miho Iijima is an associate professor of cell biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on lipid signaling in chemotaxis.
Dr. Iijima received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Tsukuba, Japan. She also earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Tsukuba. Dr. Iijima completed her postdoc in cell biology at Johns Hopkins University in 2004 and joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2006.
Dr. Iijima and her team are currently working to make a further connection between cells’ signaling events and directional movement. To this end, they have identified 17 new PH domain-containing proteins in addition to 10 previously known genes in the Dictyostelium cDNA and genome database. They also identified A PTEN homologue in Dictyostelium that is highly conserved with the human gene. They are disrupting all of these genes and studying their roles in chemotaxis.
Dr. Iijima has received a Beginning Grant-in-Aid from the American Heart Association from 2007 - 2009, earned a special fellowship from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and was awarded The Albert L. Lehninger Award for Young Investigators from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2003.