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Maho Shibata Maho Shibata
Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Office Phone: 202-994-0802
Email: Email
Department: Anatomy and Cell Biology


  • B.S., University of Virginia, 2005
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 2011


Dr. Shibata obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Virginia in 2005. For her PhD in Genetics, she worked with Dr. Maria Garcia-Garcia at Cornell University and studied mid-gestation mouse embryos with ENU (N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea) induced mutations to identify functions of novel genes important for the morphogenesis of mouse embryos. Her work revealed tissue-specific requirements for a Kruppel-associated box (KRAB) zinc finger protein, ZFP568, and its binding partner TRIM28 in the development of extraembryonic tissues.

Her interest in applying knowledge from developmental biology to cancer research led her to Dr. Michael Shen’s lab at Columbia University Medical Center in 2011. In her postdoctoral research, she contributed to the establishment of an organoid culture system for studying prostate progenitor and luminal stem cells, and studied the role of Wnt signaling in mediating androgen receptor signaling to progenitor cells during prostate organogenesis.

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Hormone therapy (androgen deprivation) is the main treatment for advanced prostate cancer. However, many prostate cancers that initially respond to androgen deprivation therapies ultimately become castration-resistant, leading to recurrence. In our lab, we study mechanisms for castration resistance in prostate cancer from the perspective of developmental and stem cell biology.

We use genetically engineered mouse models, explant cultures, and 3D organoid culture systems. Our long-term goal is to apply our findings to developing new biomarkers and identify novel approaches for prostate cancer treatment.


View publications by this faculty member from January 1, 2013 - present

Shibata, M., and Shen, M. M. (2015). Stem cells in genetically-engineered mouse models of prostate cancer. (Review) Endocrine-Related Cancer 22(6): T199-208. PMCID: PMC4618022.

Alexander, K.A., Wang, X., Shibata, M., Clark, A.G., and García-García, M. J. (2015). TRIM28 controls genomic imprinting through distinct mechanisms during and after early genome-wide reprogramming. Cell Reports 13(6): 1194-205. PMCID: PMC4644443.

Chua, C. W.*, Shibata, M.*, Lei, M.*, Toivanen, R., Barlow, L. J., Bergren, S. K., Badani, K. K., McKiernan, J. M., Benson, M. C., Hibshoosh, H, and Shen, M. M. (2014). Single luminal epithelial progenitors can generate prostate organoids in culture. Nature Cell Biology 16: 951-961. PMCID: PMC4183706. (*co-first authors).

Kruithof-de Julio, M.*, Shibata, M.*, Desai, N., Reynon, M., Halili, M. V., Hu, Y. P., Price, S. M., Abate-Shen, C. and Shen, M. M. (2013). Canonical Wnt signaling regulates Nkx3.1 expression and luminal epithelial differentiation during prostate organogenesis. Developmental Dynamics 242: 1160-1171. PMCID: PMC3788082. (*co-first authors).

Shibata, M., and Shen, M. M. (2012). The roots of cancer: Stem cells and the basis for tumor heterogeneity. (Review) BioEssays 35: 253-260. PMCID: PMC3687804.

Shibata, M., Blauvelt, K. E., Liem, K. F. Jr., and García-García, M. J. (2011). TRIM28 is required by the mouse KRAB domain protein ZFP568 to control convergent extension and morphogenesis of extraembryonic tissues. Development 138: 5333-5343. PMCID: PMC3222210.

Shibata, M., and García-García, M. J. (2011). The mouse KRAB zinc-finger protein CHATO is required in embryonic-derived tissues to control yolk sac and placental morphogenesis. Developmental Biology 349: 331-341. PMCID: PMC3023455.

García-García, M. J., Shibata, M., and Anderson, K. V. (2008). Chato, a KRAB zinc-finger protein, regulates convergent extension in the mouse embryo. Development 135: 3053-3062. PMCID: PMC2583081.

Additional publications published before January 1, 2013 may be available within Himmelfarb Library's database.

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