17 April 2019
Takashi Toda was interviewed by Kazuma Emoto about his research on cell division.
This interview will be broadcasted over the radio on 20th May in the Hiroshima FM programme, called “大窪シゲキ9ジラジ from 9 pm. The interviewer/DJ was Mr Kazuma Emoto (pictured with Takashi) and the director was Mr Takuya Ichikawa (pictured with Takashi and Kazuma). The main listeners of this programme are junior/high school students. During the interview, in response to Kazuma’s various questions, Takashi explained his research in a plain style and talked about his career including how he has become a scientist/researcher.

1st April 2019
4th year undergrad students, Tomoro Kaku (加耒 寅朗)and Tomoharu Tanaka (田中 友晴), joined the lab.

25th March 2019
Takashi Toda attended the retirement ceremony for Professor Masayuki Yamamoto held at the National Institute of Basic Biology, Okazaki. Professor Masayuki Yamamoto is the director of this institute and due to retire at the end of March. He was a supervisor for Takashi for his graduate master course in Kyoto University.

23rd March 2019
The second year graduate school students, Tomoki Kawakami and Yusuke Yamada, have completed the academic degree (Master degree) and graduated from Hiroshima University (photo).
Many congratulations. Tomoki and Yusuke worked very hard, performed wonderful jobs and made great achievements while they were with us.
Farewell to both of them and good luck with new places.

22nd March 2019
Mitsuki Ohishi (M1) and Yasuhiro Teratani (M1) were awarded the best poster prize in the interim poster presentation for Master’s degree.

The titles were:

Mitsuki Ohishi
Study of the nrp1 gene as a suppressor of the fission yeast cut7 mutation in which mitotic spindle formation is severely impaired

Yasuhiro Teratani
Novel functions of fission yeast Kinesin-5/Cut7 during cell cycle M phase

11th March 2019
The 38th HiHA seminar was held at Graduate School of Biomedical & Health Sciences, Hiroshima University.
The speaker:
Dr Frank Uhlmann, Principal Investigator at the Francis Crick Institute in London and Fellow of Royal Society (FRS)
The title:
New Frontier in Chromosome Biology: -from Genome Integrity to Human Diseases-
The hosts:
Satoshi Tashiro (Professor at Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine in Graduate School of Biomedical & Health Sciences)
Takashi Toda (Specially appointed professor at Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter)


4th-6th March 2019
Takashi Toda attended the 11th HOPE meeting held in Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST). He acted as a moderator for Sir Tim Hunt, the Nobel Prize laureate in Medicine or Physiology, 2001.

20th February 2019
M2 students (Tomoki and Yusuke) gave a talk in presentation of master’s theses.

The titles were:

Tomoki Kawakami
A novel role of the microtubule polymerase complex in bipolar spindle formation

Yusuke Yamada
Comprehensive identification and characterisation of the proteins that antagonise fission yeast Kinesin-5 motor

14th February 2019
B4 students (Ryo and Satoshi) gave a talk in presentation of graduation theses.

The titles were:

Ryo Moriyama
Screening and characterisation of new anti-fungal compounds derived from Actinomycetes extracts using fission yeast

Satoshi Muto
Isolation and characterisation of multi-copy suppressors of cut7 mutants defective in fission yeast Kinesin-5

30th Janunary-7th February 2019
Dr Takashi Toda visited the Francis Crick Institute in London, and discussed collaborative projects with researchers including Sir Paul Nurse and Dr Jacqueline Hayles.. He also talked with Dr Kazunori Kume, who has been staying in Sir Paul Nurse laboratory for collaborative research since last December.

9th January 2019
Takashi Toda attended [広島大学 知のフォーラム in Tokyo] (Lecture Meeting by Nobel Laureate Sir Paul Nurse), which was held in Tokyo International Forum. In this event, he acted as a facilitator for Dr Paul Nurse.

Photos: top right and bottom left, President Dr Ochi (left) and Dr Paul Nurse (right); bottom right, Dr Takashi Toda (left), Dr Paul Nurse (middle) and Ms Kana Kubota (right, a presenter, a graduate from Hiroshima University).




9th January 2019
A new paper from Drs Toda and Yukawa group was published in G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics.

Title:Suppressor analysis uncovers that MAPs and microtubule dynamics balance with the Cut7/Kinesin-5 motor for mitotic spindle assembly in Schizosaccharomyces pombe
Authors:Masashi Yukawa, Yusuke Yamada and Takashi Toda

January 1, 2019 vol. 9 no. 1 269-280; https://doi.org/10.1534/g3.118.200896