Title: Biomedical Educator
Location: Athens, Ohio, United States
Robert Seiichi Hikida, PhD, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biomedical education.
Distinguished in the field of microanatomy for his intelligence, experience and integrity, Dr. Hikida is regarded in higher education for being a resource for rising doctoral and graduate students at the start of their academic journeys. In addition, he is marked with producing collaborative research in the microscopic study of tissue structures within the body, particularly as it pertains to muscular growth and repair. Under his leadership, more than 20 students have achieved their doctoral degrees and more than 60 have been Master of Science recipients from his lab. Now retired, Dr. Hikida concluded his career with the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he taught for the biological sciences department since 1969. Along the way, he published more than 100 abstracts and 80 full publications on his research, as well as wrote a chapter for the book “Current Aging Science” in 2011. His most recent publications have been on the topic of early-phase muscular adaptations in response to slow-speed versus traditional resistance-training regimens. He has also written works on the interactions of aging, overload and creative supplementation in rat plantaris muscle and aging changes in satellite cells and their functions. Further, Dr. Hikida has presented at such conferences as the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting and the National Strength and Conditioning Association National Meeting.
It is a point of great pride for Dr. Hikida that he received the Distinguished Professor Award of Biomedical Sciences, owing to a lifetime of research and study in the field. He came to prominence in his profession after graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and a PhD. He established his career as a research associate with Columbia University, where he later became a visiting professor. With a reputation of excellence that emerged early on, he became incredibly involved in industry organizations to support his dynamic and growing career. He became a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Association of Anatomists and the American Society of Cell Biology. In recognition of a lifetime of accomplishments in his field, Dr. Hikida was the recipient of a Teaching Faculty Teaching Award, an Outstanding Faculty Member Award from Ohio University College of Medicine, a Jeanette G. Grasselli Faculty Teaching Award, an Outstanding Medical School Teacher Award for 11 Years Award, and an Outstanding First Year Basic Science Faculty Award from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine for 12 years. Most recently, he earned a Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award.
In his retirement, Dr. Hikida enjoys birdwatching locally and nationally. He is keen on identifying and photographing different birds, a hobby that he notes he has always loved but did not have the time for during his professional years. As he looks to the future, he intends to continue in his personal passions in celebration of a well-earned retirement.
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