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