Hijai Regina Shin grew up in France before moving to South Korea to obtain her bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. at Seoul National University, School of Biological Sciences. During her Ph.D., she worked on the epigenetic and transcriptional regulation of autophagy. Dr. Shin later joined Roberto Zoncu’s lab at the University of California, Berkeley, where she used biochemistry, cell biology, and chemical biology approaches to understand the lysosome as the center of nutrient sensing and cellular quality control. During her postdoctoral training, she received fellowships from the American Association for Cancer Research and the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.
In 2024, Dr. Shin joined the faculty of Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern as an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics.