Millennium Magazine_3rdEd

171 Millennium - A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine SCIENCES, PHARMACEUTICALS AND BIOTECHNOLOGY I nterested in science from a young age, Dr. Catherine Uyehara used to grow fungus with her seventh grade biology teacher, which ultimately inspired her to delve into world of science research. When she was 16 years old, she participated in a summer program funded by the National Science Foundation, in which she studied sea cucumber toxins that affected the heart rate of fish and shrimp. Cultivating her passion for learning, she attended Yale University, where she received a BS in 1981. Six years later, she earned a PhD in physiology from the University of Hawaii. After commencing her career as a postdoctoral fellow with SmithKline Beecham in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in 1987, Dr. Uyehara served as a research pharmacologist for the Kapi’olani Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, from 1990 to 1991. Since participating in the pharmacology, pediatrics and physiology programs at the University of Hawaii in 1991 as graduate faculty of the interdisciplinary biomedical science program, she has served the Tripler Army Medical Center as a statistical consultant, chief of research pharmacology, and director of the collaborative research program. Since 2007, she has been Chief of the Department of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Uyehara has also served as the Director of Research for the U.S. Army Regional Health Command – Pacific – Hawaii since 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys contributing to scientific outreach programs with junior high and high schools. A contributor of articles to scientific journals, she has also maintained affiliation with the American Physiological Society, American Federation for Medical Research and the Hawaii Academy of Science. In recent years, Dr. Uyehara has worked in collaboration with partners in the U.S. Navy in SanDiego, California, and across the PacificOcean to develop research areas regarding surveillance of infectious diseases, prolonged field care and transport of patients across long distances to inland hospitals. She has supervised the development of renovated research facilities in the Tripler Army Medical Center and fosters research partnerships throughout the Pacific. She values the promotion of science and education so that the next generation of scientists and physicians are able to carry the torch. CATHERINE UYEHARA, PHD CHIEF, DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION Tripler Army Medical Center Honolulu, HI