Jon Pierce-Shimomura, Ph.D. is committed to improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through creating educational and employment opportunities and by conducting medical research.
Dr. Pierce-Shimomura obtained his Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Oregon before moving on to postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. During this time, his first son was born with Down syndrome. Back then, he was discouraged to find that very little research was being conducted on Down syndrome. Pierce-Shimomura's son inspired him to study the genetic basis for Down syndrome when he started his own lab at The University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Here, a vibrant collection of researchers are dedicated to discovering the causes and potential treatments for genetic disorders through innovative research. The Fun with Science program is his way to ensure that inclusive education is maintained at the college level.
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