Professor: Yoshio Fujitani
Associate Professor: Takashi Sato
Assistant Professor: Ayako Fukunaka
Assistant Professor: Yuko Nakagawa
Assistant Technician: Asuka Suda
Assistant Technician: Yasuko Tamura
Assistant Technician: Wakana Mizutani
Assistant Technician: Yukiko Miyazaki
Assistant Technician: Haruka Netsu
Assistant Technician: Noriko Kagami
Graduate Student: Pereye Blessing Ofejiro
Graduate Student: Masaharu Shimada
The dysfunction of pancreatic b cells and brown adipocytes can cause diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Our goal is to elucidate the molecular mechanism involved in the maintenance of homeostasis of these higher-order function cells, which is the key to glucose metabolism. We aim to elucidate the mechanism of cellular homeostasis, from a variety of viewpoints, including developmental biology, zinc biology, and autophagy by effectively utilizing genetically engineered mice. Furthermore, using our findings from basic medical research, we aim to establish a groundbreaking treatment for diabetes and obesity.
- Research on the developmental biology of pancreatic b cells
- Analysis of zinc transporters involved in the browning of adipocytes
- Analysis of a new type of pancreatic cancer arising from islets
diabetes, glucose metabolism, developmental biology, pancreatic b cells, genetically engineered mice, brown adipocytes, zinc biology, pancreatic cancer
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