Yoshimi Endo Greer, M.D., Ph.D.

Yoshimi Endo Greer, M.D., Ph.D.
Staff Scientist

Dr. Yoshimi E. Greer has extensive experience in cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry and oncology. Her recent research focuses are 1) TRAIL-induced cell death, and 2) mitochondria in cancer. She is exploring potential clinical applications utilizing those mechanisms in cancer treatment. One of her studies has recently contributed to launch clinical trials in breast and endometrial cancers at NCI. She is always seeking exciting collaborations across the NIH campus to promote science discovery in cancer field.

Areas of Expertise
1) breast cancer, 2) cell death, 3) mitochondria, 4) signal transduction

Contact Info

Yoshimi Endo Greer, M.D., Ph.D.
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
Building.10, Room4B50
Bethesda, MD 20892-4256
Ph: 301-496-9063
Scientific Focus Areas:
Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Dr. Yoshimi E. Greer obtained her M.D. in 1994 from Tohoku University School of Medicine in Sendai, Japan.

She conducted her clinical residency training in internal medicine for 5 years.

In 1999, Dr. Greer received Ph.D. in renal physiology the Graduate School of Tohoku University.  Her dissertation research focused on the role of the Angiotensin II receptor inhibitor on micro-hemodynamics in kidney.

In 1998, Dr. Greer joined Dr. Josephine P. Briggs' lab at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) as a postdoctoral fellow in 1998 where she studied the transcriptional regulatory mechanism of COX-2.  

In 2001, Dr. Greer joined Dr. Jeff Rubin's lab at the NCI-CCR, and she studied the molecular mechanism of Wnt3a-dependent cell motility in mammalian cells.

In 2004, Dr. Greer joined Georgetown University Medical School as a research instructor (junior faculty) and studied the transcriptional mechanism of VE-cadherin that is involved with retinoic acid-mediated trans-differentiation of breast cancer cells.

In 2006, Dr. Greer returned to NCI as a research fellow, and continued her Wnt signal research. She discovered the molecular mechanisms that explain how Wnt-3a stimulates neurite outgrowth in Ewing tumor cells. In 2009, she became a staff scientist in the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology, CCR. She identified casein kinase 1 delta, a kinase involved in Wnt signaling, that plays an essential role in neurite outgrowth, ciliogenesis, and DNA damage control.

In 2014, she joined Dr. Stan Lipkowitz’s lab to apply her great interest in oncology to translational research in cancer field.