Shingo Kajimura, PhD, was named a 2013 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences which provides flexible funding to early-career scientists who are pursuing the most promising, but untried, avenues for scientific breakthroughs.
This highly competitive program has granted more than $120 million in funding to over 500 scientists at the beginning of their independent careers.
At UCSF, Dr. Kajimura's lab is focused on understanding how obesity and energy balance are regulated at the molecular level. Dr. Kajimura is a leader in converting white fat cells into a type of brown fat, called "beige" fat, which burns excess energy instead of storing it. Through this innovative approach, he hopes to create new ways to treat both obesity and insulin resistance.