24th July 2018

Takashi Toda visited National Institute of Genetics in Mishima to attend viva of Koki Watanabe as an external examiner. Koki Watanabe is a PhD student of Daijyu Kitagawa (currently, Professor at Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the University of Tokyo).

Photo: from the left, Toyoaki Netsume, Takashi Toda, Daijyu Kitagawa, Masato Kanemaki

21st June 2018

Dr Takayuki Koyano gave a talk in 30th HiHA seminar. The title was “腎臓病の病態解明に向けた分子遺伝学的解析―ゲノム編集技術を利用したモデル動物作製から解析まで―”.

Dr Koyano graduated from Department of Molecular Biotechnology Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter, Hiroshima University and obtained PhD. After that, he joined Takashi Toda’s laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute and spent for two years in London (2013-2015). Then he got a research scientist job in Shigei Medical Research Institute (重井医学研究所) in Okayama, Japan.

13th June 2018
Takashi Toda and Masashi Yukawa visited Professor Wataru Yasui (安井 弥教授, on the left in the photo) and Associate Professor Naohide Oue (大上直秀准教授, on the right) in Department of Molecular Pathology, Institute of Biomedical & Health Science, Hiroshima University, and discussed potential collaborative research on human kinesin molecules and their inhibitors. Professor Yasui’s group has found that several kinesin genes including KifC1/HSET are specifically upregulated in many cancer stem cells including gastric, oesophageal and colorectal cancers. They have further shown that knockdown of these kinesin genes kill various cancer cells. Takashi Toda’s group has been working on kinesins in fission yeast and recently shown that KifC1/HSET is functional in fission yeast. Furthermore, they have been developing novel inhibitors specific to human kinesin.

6th and 7th Jun 2018
Takashi Toda attended Joint Annual Meeting of 51st JSDB (Japanese Society of Developmental Biology) and 70th JSCB (Japan Society for Cell Biology) held in Tokyo, and gave an oral talk and also did a poster presentation.


Exploring the molecular pathways leading to bipolar spindle formation


Takashi Toda, Masaki Okazaki, Tomoaki Yamauchi, Yusuke Yamada, Tomoki Kawakami, Yasuhiro Teratani, Mitsuki Oishi and Masashi Yukawa

The photo was taken in front of the poster. Masazumi Tada came from UK. He is Lecturer at the department of Cell and Developmental Biology in University College London. Masazumi is a developmental biologist working on zebrafish and Takashi’s good friend as well. Takashi collaborated with him on the Msd1 project and published one joint paper in EMBO Reports in 2014.

29th May 2018

Vismaya Kharkar joined the lab as a summer student. Vismaya is a second year undergraduate student from Harvard University. Hiroshima University is hosting 6 students from Harvard University this year and Vismaya is one of them. She will stay in the lab for 10 weeks and be engaged with a research project. The photo was taken with her farther and the lab members.

16th May 2018

President Michio Ochi of Hiroshima University invited Nobel Laureate, Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi (2016 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology,Tokyo Institute of Technology) as a special lecturer for an opening event of new faculties, School of Informatics and Data Science and Department of Integrated Global Studies (情報科学部と総合科学部国際共創学科).

The event was held in Hiroshima Grand Prince Hotel. It consisted of a lecture by Professor Ohsumi, followed by a celebration party for these newly established faculties. Takashi Toda and Masashi Yukawa attended this event.

15th May 2018

After staying for more than 4 months in our laboratory, Corinne Pinder has completed postdoctoral work and returned to UK. Thank you very much. We wish Corinne the best of luck.

20th April

Takashi Toda attended the 21st board meeting of Japan Microbiology Association held at the Science Council of Japan in Tokyo. The reason for this attendance was to establish and strength the domestic research network between the HiHA and microbiologists/medical researchers to promote collaborative programmes.


14th April

Annual get-gather party for regional yeast researchers was held on 14th April at National Research Institute of Brewing within the science park in HIgashi-Hiroshima. This year the party was organised by Professor Akinori Matsushika at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science(AIST). Approximately 60 yeast researchers working in the HIgashi-Hiroshima area attended. From our group, five members (Takashi Toda, Masashi Yukawa, Mitsuki Ohishi, Ryo Murayama and Satoshi Muto) attended and enjoyed talking to attendants and drinking sake.

9th April

A new paper was published from Takashi Toda and Masashi Yukawa group. This work was achieved through international collaborations performed by three research teams in Hiroshima University (Toda and Yukawa), Iwate University (Ken-ichi Kimura) and CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute in India (Shakil Ahmed). The research was in part supported by a JSPS grant “Fostering international researchers through the collaborative research network focusing on the mechanisms of lifespan regulation ”.

Authors: Masashi Yukawa, Tomoaki Yamauchi, Naoaki Kurisawa, Shakil Ahmed, Ken-ichi Kimura, and Takashi Toda
Titile: Fission yeast cells overproducing HSET/KIFC1 provides a useful tool for identification and evaluation of human kinesin-14 inhibitors
Journal: Fungal Genetics and Biology Volume 116, July 2018, Pages 33–41 Abstract

1st April

Undergraduate students, Satoshi Muto (武藤 慧) and Ryo Moriyama (森山 亮) joined the lab.

23th March

The second year graduate school students, Masaki Okazaki and Tomoaki Yamauchi, have completed the academic degree (Master degree) and graduated from Hiroshima University (photo).
Many congratulations. Masaki and Tomoaki 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.

The fourth year undergraduate students, Mitsuki Ohishi and Yasuhiro Teratani, have finished the undergaraduate course and will be enrolled into the graduate programmes from April.