Welcome to Hiromi Yanagisawa Laboratory at TARA!
Cells constantly receive cues from extracellular environment and respond by changing cytoskeletal organization and cellular functions as well as initiating transcriptional program, thereby maintaining homeostasis. The extracellular environment is comprised of extracellular matrix (ECM), ECM degrading enzymes and cleaved products, growth factors/cytokines, and physical factors such as hypoxia, hyperoxia, and mechanical forces. Our laboratory aims to elucidate the tissue-specific and disease-specific extracellular environment, focusing on ECM in the blood vessel wall, to understand the interactions between cells and the environment and how those interactions impact cellular functions and behavior. We apply the obtained knowledge to understand the normal developmental process and mechanism of diseases and to develop new therapeutic strategies. We take biochemical, molecular, and genetic engineering approaches to achieve these goals.
Based on my own experience as a trainee and PI in the U.S. research institution for more than 20 years, I run our laboratory to train the independent researcher with 4Cs (Challenging, Creative, Consistent, and Collegial). He/she will be the one who can find the most exciting question and come up with a strategy to find the answer.
Just come and see our laboratory. You are always welcome!