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Education and Training:
2001-2006 University of Georgia Athens, GA
BS Biology, BS Genetics
2006-2012 Wake Forest School of Medicine Winston-Salem, NC
Ph.D. Molecular Medicine and Translational Science
2012-2014 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
2014-current Chapman University Irvine, CA
Kimberly Fisher Atkinson, Ph.D.
My thesis work was done in the lab of Dr. Thomas DuBose, Jr. and focused on the kidney’s response to an acid load through increased acid secretion. The title of my dissertation was “Regulation of ATPase-mediated H+ secretion in the medullary collecting duct by Pyk2, a pH-sensing tyrosine kinase and its involvement in the regulation of acid-base homeostasis by the kidney collecting duct.” I have one primary manuscript published in AJP – Renal Physiology (2012) and another under review. I am a molecular biologist that uses cultured cells (in vitro) and mice (in vivo) to study signaling mechanisms involved in human disease. My postdoctoral work at Vanderbilt in the lab of Dr. Raymond Harris focused on the role of cannabinoid receptors and other G protein coupled receptors in hypertension.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Chapman University in the lab of Dr. Surya Nauli studying the role of primary cilia in human disease. Potential avenues of research include the involvement of the primary cilia in ciliopathies such as polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and targeting the centrosome and primary cilia in cancer therapy.