Lab Members

Lab Members2020-12-09T14:23:18+00:00

Research Staff

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


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

Kenichi Kimura Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Karina Ramirez

5th year doctoral student in Human Biology Program

Ryutaro Ishii M.D.

4th year doctoral student in Biomedical Sciences

Yen Xuan Ngo

4th year doctoral student in Human Biology Program


Nguyen Vu Tram Anh

3rd year doctoral student in Human Biology Program


Huynh Thuy Hang

2nd 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 Shimoda

4th year student in School of Medicine



Shunsuke Akasaka

1st year student in Degree Programs in Pure and Applied Sciences
Engineering Science

Research collaborator
from Professor Kano’s lab


Eri Motoyama

3rd year student in Medical Sciences



Research Assistant  


Keerthana Ranganathan Ph.D.

Research Assistant  

Visiting Professor


Hiroaki Tateno Ph.D.

Visiting Professor

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Cellular Glycome-targeted Technology Research Group
Group Leader

Visiting Associate Professor

Aiko Sada Ph.D.

Visiting Associate Professor



Visiting Researcher


Erna Raja, Ph.D.



Kaori Sugiyama  Ph.D.


Lalhaba Oinam Ph.D.


Administrative Staff


Mariko Higashi

Administrative Assistant

Previous Members

  • Research Staff

              Aiko Sada, Ph.D.
                (Tenure-trak Assistant Professor, April 2016 – Sep.2019, C
urrent position : Kumamoto University, IRCMS)
              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,
                  Current position : RIKEN BDR Laboratory for Heart Regeneration Team Leader

  • Graduate Students

              Shin Seung Jae, Ph.D.
Biological Sciences in the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, April 2017 – Sep. 2020)
              Gopakumar Changarathil, Ph.D.
Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, July 2016 – Sep. 2019
                  Current position : postdoctoral fellow at University of Texas at San Antonio, USA)           
              Bui Quoc Thang M.D., Ph.D.
                (Clinical Sciences,Research collaborator from Professor Hiramatsu’s lab(Cardiovascular Surgery) Dec.2015-Mar.2019
                  Current position : Cardiac Surgeon at Cho Ray Hospital, Viet Nam)
              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)

  • 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)