About the PI

Kathleen Sakamoto, M.D., Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Pathogenesis and Treatment of Hematopoietic diseases

Division of Hematology/Oncology
Department of Pediatrics
Stanford University School of Medicine

B.A., Williams College
M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral fellowship, Judith Gasson, Ph.D., UCLA
Graduate Student, Raymond Deshaies, Ph.D., Division of Biology, HHMI, California Institute of Technology

Awards and Honors

  • 1988 Victor E. Stork Award, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
  • 1992 STOP CANCER/Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Career Development Award
  • 1994 American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Young Investigator Award
  • 1996 Western Society for Pediatric Research, Junior Faculty Ross Award in Research
  • 1999 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America Fellow, Special Fellow, and Scholar Awards
  • 2003-2007 ACS Grant Review Subcommittee on Leukemia, Immunology, and Blood Cell Development
  • 2004 NIH Study Sections (ad hoc) on Drug Discovery and Molecular Pharmacology; Basic Mechanisms of Cancer Therapy
  • 2005-2009 Member, NIH Hematopoiesis Study Section
  • 2005-present Member, Translational Research Program Grant Review Committee for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America
  • 2007-present Member, Professional Development Committee, American Society for Pediatric Hematology- Oncology
  • 2007-present St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scientific Review Committee
  • 2008-present Grant Reviewer, Maryland and New York Stem Cell Program Grant Review Committees
  • 2008 “Meet-the-Expert” on Transcription Factors and AML, American Society of Hematology meeting 2008 NIH Special Emphasis Panel/CRG Loan Repayment Program Review Committee
  • 2008-2010 Board of Trustees, American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • 2008 Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation “Gift of Hope” Award
  • 2009 Fernbach Distinguished Visiting Professor Lectureship, Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine
  • 2011 Chair, ASH Scientific Subcommittee on Myeloid Biology
  • 2010 Standing Member, NIDDK-D study section for training grants (K awards and T32)
  • 2010 Outstanding Advances in Cancer Research, Mendiburu Magic Foundation Award
  • 2011 Brent Ely Visiting Professor in Pediatric Oncology, University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital Denver
  • 2012 Shelagh Galligan Endowed Chair
  • 2013 Invited speaker, Swerling Symposium “Seminars in Oncology,” Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • 2013 Jason Bennette Memorial Lectureship, Cohen Children’s Hospital, Long Island, NY.
  • 2014-present Member, Scientific Review Committee, Bear Necessities and Rally Foundation
  • 2014-present Member, Grant Review Committee, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation
  • 2014-present Member, Grant Review Committee, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • 2014 ASH abstract reviewer and session moderator for Hematopoiesis: Cytokines, Signal Transduction, Apoptosis, and Cell Cycle Regulation
  • 2015 Steven Rosen Endowed Lectureship, Northwestern University School of Medicine
  • 2016 Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Memorial Lecture Honoree
  • 2017-present Chair, Physician Scientist Special Interest Group, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • 2019 UCLA Specialized Training and Research (STAR) Program Alumni Achievement Award
  • 2020-present NIDDK Council