Welcome to Hiromi Yanagisawa Laboratory at TARA!

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Approximately 37 trillion cells in our body constantly receive cues from extracellular environments and respond by changing cytoskeletal organization and cellular functions as well as initiating transcriptional program, thereby maintaining homeostasis. To understand the interactions between cells and extracellular microenvironments is a key to unravel survival strategies of living organisms.

Our laboratory aims to molecularly dissect cellular responses to alterations of extracellular environments and to find a potential link to dysfunction of tissues, focusing on blood vessel cells (endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells, and fibroblasts) and tissue stem cells. In addition, we are expanding our long-standing interest in extra cellar matrix (ECM) research and collaborating with researchers in the next generation imaging, bioengineering, and glycotechnology to develop new diagnostic and/or therapeutic tools.


Recent activity – new photos uploaded

October 15th, 2019|

Dr. Rita Tostes at Ribeirao Preto Medical School, the University of São Paulo, visited our laboratory.
A research exchange was conducted.During the week-long stay, the TARA seminar and joint research discussion and review were conducted.

The award ceremony of Changarathil Gopakumar, 4th year doctoral student in Biomedical Sciences, was held. We had a celebration at the lab.

We gave a farewell party for Dr.Aiko Sada. 

Some of photos from each event have posted on the photo page.

Member News

October 3rd, 2019|

As of October 1st, Assistant Professor Aiko Sada has been transferred to Kumamoto University as an Associate Professor. Congratulations!
She had been worked with us since April 2016. We wish you all the best in this new chapter of your life. 

We are recruiting undergraduates seeking for a senior thesis project and graduate students (including rotation students). Our lab is open for a lab visit.

Student Recruitment
Ph.D. program in Humanics

Ph.D. program in Humanics

The new website has opened!


Application for Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for admission
in October 2020 as Degree Students
(University recommendation)

– Trans-border Program for Advanced Medical Care Specialists –

MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) offers scholarships to international students who wish to study as graduate students at the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences (Master’s Program in Medical Sciences and Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences/ Clinical Sciences) of the University of Tsukuba. Application is now open.
Application forms must be received
by September 25, 2019.