We are studying to clarify the pathogenic mechanism of Alzheimer's disease and develop efficient avenues for prevention and treatment of the disease.
Each undergraduate or graduate student is assigned her/his own research
theme and is studying effectively using the most suitable materials for
carrying out experiments (example E. coli, virus, culture cells, iPS cells, genetically modified mice).
Students of fourth and higher grades present a paper regarding Alzheimer's disease and related area to other members twice a mouth in order to polish up own knowledges and logical thinking ability.
In addition to weekly group discussion, we hold a seminar for research progress in summer and winter to acquire presentation skill.
I was appointed Professor of this laboratory on December, 2010.
After that, Masashi Asai, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Keiro Shirotani, Ph.D. Associate Professor arrived in their new posts in February 2012 and in September 2012, respectively, and thus new research projects started.
Our main themes are 1) to elucidate the pathological mechanism of Alzheimer's disease, 2) to develop avenues for treatment and early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Our research keywords are brain aging, neurodegenerative diseases, gene therapy, iPS cells, protease and glycoproteomics.
We aim at improving health and welfare of the nations through research results like that we can contribute to drug discovery for Alzheimer's disease and establishment of early diagnosis.
For Students who Wish to Study at Our Laboratory
In order to accomplish a study, you need to view things from a broader perspective, to consider deeply what the problem is, how to clarify it, and to forward the research logically.
In other words, you should polish up your own abilities to see through true nature of a thing and to evaluate data obtained by yourself and information provided from paper critically, and to acquire high technical skills.
It is also necessary to enhance your own serendipity by being aware of various questions all the time.
Let's study keeping these matters in your mind. No matter how a small finding, let’s share a pleasure to discover a new. Enjoy your experiments, enjoy your neuroscience, and enjoy your changes to make your bright future!
Please join us!
- Apr. 1, 2014
- Lab name has been changed to Laboratory of Genome-based Drug Discovery.
- Sep. 1, 2012
- Keiro Shirotani, Ph.D. has been appointed as Accosiate Professor from Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Fukushima Medical University.
- Aug. 1, 2012
- The laroratory logos have been established.
- Feb. 1, 2012
- Masashi Asai, Ph.D. has been appointed as Assistant Professor from Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Saitama Medical University.
- Dec. 1, 2012
- Nobuhisa Iwata, Ph.D. and Kaori Watanabe, M.S. have been appointed as Professor and Technical Staff, respectively from Laboratory for Proteolytic Neuroscience, RIKEN Brain Science Institute.