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- Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
- M.S.N., School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
- B.S.N., San Francisco State University
- Holy Spirit Hospital Nursing School, Nagoya, Japan
Akiko Kobayashi was licensed as a nurse, and worked as an RN in Japan prior to coming to the United States. Her clinical background in the United States is varied, including coronary care, cardiac surgery critical care, respiratory care, home health, and utilization review/case management. During an immunology course in her MSN program, she developed an interest in immune responses in cancer development. She had rich experience in biomedical research focusing on mucosal immune responses in cervical carcinogenesis prior to coming to Biola University in 2009. Her publications in peer reviewed scientific journals include "Evolving immunosuppressive microenvironment during human cervical carcinogenesis," "Functional attributes of cervical mucosal immunity in high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions and effects of HIV infection," "Lymphoid follicles are generated in high-grade cervical dysplasia and have differing characteristics depending on HIV status," and "Recent development in understanding the immune response to human papillomavirus infection and cervical dysplasia." She has spoken at multiple international scientific meetings. She has also been translating InterVarsity Press' Bible study text books into Japanese for Japanese Christians in her mother church in San Lorenzo, California.