Aiko Ikegami was born in Tokyo, Japan. From a young age she has loved drawing, painting, and creating stories. She studied child education in Japan, and in 1993 she came to the United States, where she studied psychology and pharmacology. After receiving a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Texas and working as a neuropharmacologist, she decided to follow her heart, and began making picture books. She now happily lives in Ohio where she paints and draws every day. Learn more about Aiko and her work at aikoikegami.com.