Lab Members

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Research Staff

Hiromi Yanagisawa,
M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Dr. Yanagisawa received her MD from the School of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Japan in 1986 and her Ph.D. in 1993. After completing a residency in Internal Medicine, she moved to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and worked in the laboratories of Dr. Robert Hammer and Dr. Eric Olson. In 2003, she was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2011. In 2014, she was appointed as Professor of the TARA Center, University of Tsukuba and relocated Dallas Lab to Tsukuba Science City in September of 2015. 

Her research focuses on the interaction between cells and extracellular environments, which is a dynamic process that takes place in a temporospatial fashion. She has been particularly interested in the extracellular matrix, a major component of extracellular environments, in blood vessels, skin, kidneys, and reproductive organs. Currently, she is investigating the molecular mechanisms regarding how cells respond to alterations in the extracellular environment, including aging and disease conditions; she is supported by two group leaders with expertise in vascular biology and skin stem cell biology. She also collaborates with research groups working on label-free imaging techniques, bioengineering and glycotechnology. 

She has been involved in the women faculty networking, promotion of diversity and woman leadership as well as development of the research community to facilitate intra-campus and external collaborations. She currently serves as a mentor faculty member in the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences Majors of Medical Sciences, Ph.D. Program in Human Biology, and Ph.D. Program in Humanics.  

Based on her own experience as a trainee and PI in the U.S. research institution for more than 20 years, she runs her 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. 

Yoshito Yamashiro Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Students

Kaori Sugiyama

5th year doctoral student in Human Biology Program

Lalhaba Oinam

5th year doctoral student in Human Biology Program

Karina Ramirez

4th year doctoral student in Human Biology Program

Ryutaro Ishii M.D.

3rd year doctoral student in Biomedical Sciences

Shin Seung Jae

3rd year doctoral student in Biological Sciences

Research collaborator
from Professor Nakada’s lab

Yen Xuan Ngo

3rd year doctoral student in Human Biology Program

Saoko Sase

2nd year doctoral student in Human Biology Program

Tram

Nguyen Vu Tram Anh

2nd year doctoral student in Human Biology Program

Hang

Huynh Thuy Hang

1st year student in master’s program in Medical Sciences

 

Chang Liu

Chang Liu

Clinical Sciences,
Research collaborator

from Professor Hiramatsu’s lab(Cardiovascular Surgery)

 

Tomonari

Tomonari Shimoda

3rd year student in School of Medicone

 

Shunsuke

Shunsuke Akasaka

4th year student in  College of Engineering Sciences

Research collaborator
from Professor Kano’s lab

 

Research Assistant  

Keerthana

Keerthana Ranganathan Ph.D.

Research Assistant  

Visiting Associate Professor

Aiko Sada Ph.D.

Visiting Associate Professor

Visiting Researcher

ErnaRaja

Erna Raja, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Administrative Staff

Mariko

Mariko Higashi

Administrative Assistant

Previous Members

  • Research Staff

Jaakko Kangas M.D., Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Researcher, Feb. 2017 – Jan. 2018)
Wataru Kimura, Ph.D. (International Tenure-track Assistant Professor, May 2015 – Aug. 2017)
Gopakumar Changarathil (Postdoctoral Researcher, Nov.2019 – Jan. 2020)

  • Graduate Students

Juliano Vilela Alves (Participant of Inter-University Exchange Project, University of São Paulo, Apr. 2018 – Aug. 2018)
Caroline Antunes Lino (Participant of Inter-University Exchange Project, University of São Paulo, Sep. 2017 – Mar. 2018)
Bui Quoc Thang M.D.(Clinical Sciences,Research collaborator from Professor Hiramatsu’s lab(Cardiovascular Surgery) Dec.2015-Mar.2019)
Gopakumar Changarathil (Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, July 2016 – Sep. 2019)

  • Undergraduate Students

Rachel Elizabeth Sides (Collaborator from Dr. Justin Weinbaum’s lab, University of Pittsburg, May – Aug. 2017)
Kotaro Matsumura (Medical Sciences, Apr. 2016 – Mar. 2017)
Kae Kawazoe(Medical Sciences,Dec.2017 – Mar.2019)
Ram Prabaharan(
2nd year student in Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, May 12th ~ July 19th)

  • Administrative Staff

Keiko Yashima (Sept. 2016 – Mar. 2017)
Satoko Sato (Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2018)