Faculty Biography

Akiko Shimamoto, PhD

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology
School of Medicine
(615) 327-6291 | ashimamoto@mmc.edu | Biosketch

Center Affiliations

Center for Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience

Research Themes

Neurodegenerative Diseases, NeuroImmunotherapy, Substance Abuse

Active Research Projects

SLC10A2 as a novel target for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans. NIMHD. PI: Adunyah, SE Role of Fus1-mediated antitumor CD8T-NK crosstalk in Alzheimer’s disease pathology. NIA. PI: Shanker, A

Sponsored Institutional Research Program affiliation



Glutamate-Glutamine Transfer and Chronic Stress-Induced Sex Differences in Cocaine Responses.
Akiko Shimamoto, Virginie Rappeneau, Havisha Munjal, Tonie Farris, Christopher Davis, Alicia Wilson, Malcolm Edwards, Cindy Moore, Collin Reynolds, Charles K Meshul

Sex-dependent mental illnesses and mitochondria.
Akiko Shimamoto, Virginie Rappeneau

Disruption of the Glutamate-Glutamine Cycle Involving Astrocytes in an Animal Model of Depression for Males and Females.
Virginie Rappeneau, Amanda Blaker, Jeff R Petro, Bryan K Yamamoto, Akiko Shimamoto


Sex difference, Psychosocial stress, Amino acid transporters, Mitochondrial bioenergetics, Aging