Momoko Yoshimoto, M.D.
Momoko Yoshimoto, M.D.

A new faculty member whose research goal is to understand how the first blood stem cells are generated in the mouse embryo has been recruited to the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine at McGovern Medical School and recognized as a rising ‘star’ by The University of Texas (UT) System.

Momoko Yoshimoto, M.D. joined McGovern Medical School Aug. 22, 2016, from Indiana University School of Medicine, where she was an assistant research professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

The UT System Board of Regents created the Faculty Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STARs) Program in 2004 to help UT institutions attract and retain outstanding faculty. Awards, which can be used to purchase equipment and renovate facilities, require institutional support and are available to support the recruitment of tenure-track faculty members at any rank.

A motivated and collaborative scientists, Yoshimoto has 43 publications with 2,287 total citations. She was the recipient of a Young Investigator Award for the American Association of Immunologist Annual meeting in 2014.

Yoshimoto received her medical degree from Mie University School of Medicine in Japan and a Ph.D. from Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine. She completed residency training in pediatrics, emergency medicine, pediatrics, and pediatric hematology/oncology. In addition, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Mervin Yoder’s lab, a leading international scientist in the field of developmental hematology and endothelial progenitor cell biology.

Before turning her attention to research, Yoshimoto practiced pediatric hematology/oncology in Japan for six years, treating children with leukemia with chemotherapy, radiation, and performing stem cell transplants in some of those patients.

“Dr. Yoshimoto is an outstanding recruit and great addition to our Stem Cell Center, and I look forward to supporting her scientific collaborations both within McGovern Medical School and the broader Texas Medical Center,” Dean Barbara J. Stoll said.