MD, Yokohama City University
PhD, University of Tokyo
After earning medical degree from Yokohama City University School of Medicine and a PhD in immunology from the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine, I traveled to Stanford to complete my postdoctoral training in the laboratory of the late Prof. Leonard Herzenberg. While there, I isolated CD8 genes that encode proteins critically important for immune cells to recognize virus-infected and cancer cells.
After returning to Japan, I started working on hematopoietic stem cells in my laboratory at the RIKEN Life Science Research Center. In 1994, I became Professor of Immunology at the University of Tsukuba, where I demonstrated that a single hematopoietic stem cell could reconstitute the entire hematopoietic system—a definitive experimental proof of its “stemness.”
Since April 2002, I have been a Professor of Stem Cell Therapy in the Institute of Medical Science at The University of Tokyo (IMSUT). In 2008, I was appointed Director of the newly established Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at IMSUT. I returned to Stanford University in 2014 as Professor of Genetics to continue my stem cell research at the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.
Ludwig Center at Stanford
Lokey Stem Cell Research Building
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Stanford, California, U.S. 94305-5323
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