Faculty and Researchers

Biology and Life Sciences

Cell Biology

An introduction to faculty staff members and laboratories in the Cell Biology.
Note: Information on the laboratories is current as of the 2020 academic year. There may be changes to this information in the 2021 academic year.

TSUJIUCHI Toshifumi

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Molecular Oncology Laboratory
Molecular Oncology, Diagnostic Pathology, Experimental Pathology

Cancer progresses in stages: as genetic abnormalities accumulate, it progresses from precancerous lesions to cancer. In addition to searching for genetic mutations of unfavorable prognoses, refractory cancer, such as in pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, and bone cancer, research includes cell function analysis through the creation of cancer cells to knock down target genes. The goal is to shed light on molecular mechanisms in cancer infiltration and metastases, and in the acquisition of resistance to anti-cancer drugs.

FUKUSHIMA Nobuyuki

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory
Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Lipid Biology

How is the complex neural circuitry of the brain created, what affects the actions of animals, and what mechanisms do nerves and cancer share? The mysteries behind these questions are delved into using research drawing on molecular biology.

HAYASAKA Haruko

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Immune Molecular Function Laboratory
Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Immunology

Immune cells act to protect us from disease-causing agents by attacking them. Cancer cells move from the primary lesion to other organs and proliferate. Research is conducted on the mechanisms of how cells move around inside the body and work in a specific location.

HAGIWARA Teruki

Position
Lecturer
Laboratory
Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Cell Biology, Molecular Biology

1) Using cells extracted from mice, investigation is carried out on the effect of drugs on cerebral ventricle ependymal cell ciliary beating and on oocyte CA2+ oscillations. 2) Investigation is carried out on the transport of sodium ions across the alveolar epithelium, and changes during inflammation.

IKEDA Hiroko

Position
Assistant Professor
Laboratory
Molecular Oncology Laboratory
Radiation Biology, Cell Biology, Space Biology

To establish effective radiation therapy, we are investigating to evaluate the mechanisms underlying the acquisition of resistance for radiation treatment in cancer cells. Additionally, our approach is to assess the combined effects of radiation and simulated microgravity on human body during prolonged stay in space.