We welcome young and enthusiastic scientists to our laboratory!
Job title: Professor
Degree: M.D., Ph.D.
We aim to study basic biological phenomena that are deeply related with the pathogenesis of diabetes, obesity, and associated diseases. To study these subjects from a molecular level to a whole body level, we are using multidisciplinary techniques of morphology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics. One of our major research areas is regulated exocytosis, which is instrumental for cell-cell communication in multicellular organisms. We are particularly focusing on insulin granule exocytosis in pancreatic beta cells, the impairment of which instantly leads to hyperglycemia. Another subject is fat accumulation in adipocytes, which is of course central to the development of obesity. Furthermore, we have recently begun to study immune cells, the disorder of which is involved in insulin resistance and chronic inflammation associated with metabolic diseases.