Kimberly "Kim" Atkinson, PhD
Kim Atkinson has lived in Las Vegas since 2019, teaching at College of Southern Nevada and Arizona College School of Nursing before joining the faculty of Touro University in 2021. She previously was an adjunct professor and postdoctoral fellow at Chapman University in California and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She earned her bachelor's degrees in Biology and Genetics from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine and Translational Science from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina. Dr. Atkinson’s research interests include studies that delineate signaling pathways involved in kidney and heart disease. She has several publications in scientific and biomedical journals.
Dr. Atkinson holds a Certificate in College Teaching from Vanderbilt University and is a Certified Online Instructor. She is a very engaging professor that loves teaching and is dedicated to student success. She has taught courses including Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, and Pathophysiology. Here at Touro University, Dr. Atkinson is a Professor for the Masters in Health Science program and the director of the Advanced Study Skills course.
Ph.D. Molecular Medicine and Translational Science,
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, 2012
B.S. Biology, B.S. Genetics
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2006
Certified Online Instructor (COI), Learning Resources Network, 2020
Certificate in College Teaching Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2014
Advanced Study Skills
Current Topics in Biomed Science
1. Atkinson KF, Sherpa RT, Nauli SM. The Role of the Primary Cilium in Sensing Extracellular pH. Cells. 2019 Jul; 8(7): 704. PMID: 31336778
2. Sherpa RT, Atkinson KF, and Nauli SM. RAPAMYCIN INCREASES LENGTH AND MECHANOSENSORY FUNCTION OF PRIMARY CILIA IN RENAL EPITHELIAL AND VASCULAR ENDOTHELIAL CELLS.. Int Educ Res J. 2016 Dec;2(12):91-97. PMID: 28529994
3. Atkinson KF, Nauli SM. pH sensors and ion Transporters: Potential therapeutic targets for acid-base disorders. Int J Pharma Res Rev. 2016 Mar;5(3):51-58. PMID: 29796385
4. Review. Atkinson KF, et. al. Dopaminergic signaling within the primary cilia in the renovascular system. Front Physiol.2015. PMID: 25932013.
5. Mohieldin AM, Atkinson KF, Nauli SM et al. Protein composition and movements of membrane swellings associated with primary cilia.. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2015.
6. Fisher K et. al. Pyk2 regulates H+-ATPase-mediated proton secretion in the outer medullary collecting duct via an ERK1/2 signaling pathway. Am J Physiol- 303(9), 2012
FACULTY, PROFESSOR of Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Biology • ARIZONA COLLEGE SCHOOL OF NURSING • Las Vegas, NV • 2019-2021
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR of Human Anatomy lab • COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA • Las Vegas, NV • 2019
PART-TIME LECTURER of Human Physiology and Kinesiology labs • CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY • Orange, CA • 2017-2018
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR of Physiology & Kinesiology • ART INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA • Santa Ana, CA 2017-2018
CHEMIST, PROJECT MANAGER; SUPERVISOR •REAGENT WORLD, INC.• Irvine, CA •2017-2018. Sales and daily business operations. Private and gov’t accts.
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW •CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY• Irvine, CA • 2014-2016. Biomedical research of kidney and heart disease using cell and mouse models.
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW •VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY• Nashville, TN •2012-2014. Research involving kinase-driven signaling pathways involved in hypertension.