Dr. Kimimasa Tobita is a Research Associate Professor of Developmental Biology, Pediatrics, and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves as the Director of the Rangos Research Center Animal Imaging Core at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
Dr. Tobita received his MD from Tokushima University, School of Medicine in Tokushima, Japan. He completed his clinical training in the Department of Pediatrics at Chiba University and the Department of Pediatric Cardiology, the Heart Institute of Japan at the Tokyo Women's Medical University.
Following completion of the clinical training he worked as an Instructor and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Pediatrics Cardiology, Heart Institute of Japan, Tokyo, Japan. He came to the US in 1997 as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester, New York, and at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.
Dr. Tobita currently serves as a Founding Director of Rangos Research Center, Animal Imaging Core, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of University of Pittsburgh of Medical Center, where he provides various imaging services of live animals to synthetic materials using micro-MRI, micro-CT/SPECT/PET, ultrasound imaging, and ultrasound biomicroscopy to the University Research communities.
Currently Dr. Tobita's research interests include:
3-Dimensional Cardiac Gel Bioreactor/Engineered Cardiac Tissue Graft: Functioning Cardiomyocyte Differentiation from Human Muscle Derived Stem Cells and iPS Cell Derived Cardiac Progenitors: The objective of the project is to develop a novel method to induce functioning and implantable cardiomyocytes towards our long-term goal of development of autologous stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte transplantation for congenital and acquired heart diseases.
Cardiovascular Physiology of Developing Embryo/Fetal Cardiovascular System: The objective of the project is to investigate detailed embryonic CV function using a high-resolution ultrasound biomicroscopy and in vitro myocardial force measurement in normal developing embryos and the embryos with CV malformations using preclinical models.
3-Dimensional imaging analyses including detailed volumetry obtained from MRI, CT, and ultrasound imaging.