25th May 2023
POMBE2023 Hiroshima will start on May 28!!
8th April 2023
Annual get-gather party for regional yeast researchers was held on 8th April at Kagamiyama Park. This year the party was organised by Associate Professor Kouichi Funato and his colleagues at Hiroshima University (Program of Food and AgriLife Science). From our group, six members (Masashi Yukawa, Woosang Hwang, Hiromu Yamada, Yuta Hirano, Fara Difka Afdilla and Yusuke Sakai) attended and enjoyed talking to attendants.
3rd April 2023
Yusuke Sakai (酒井 勇輔) joined our group as a new B4 student.
23rd March 2023
The 4th-year undergraduate students (Hiromu Yamada, Aoi Takenoya and Yuta Hirano) and the 2nd-year master’s course students (Woosang Hwang and Sharmin Sultana) have finished their courses. Many congratulations! Hiromu Yamada, Yuta Hirano and Fara Difka Afdilla (she is an international research student) will be enrolled in our Master’s program and Woosang Hwang will go on to our PhD program from April.
Upper photo, from left to right: Fara Difka Afdilla, Hiromu Yamada, Aoi Takenoya, Yuta Hirano
Lower photo, from left to right: Woosang Hwang and Takashi Toda
15th March 2023
Woosang Hwang, Hiromu Yamada, Yuta Hirano and Masashi Yukawa attended the 2023 annual meeting of the JSBBA held in Hiroshima and had oral presentations (Online).
Analysis of the molecular mechanism of actin-dependent mitotic nuclear displacement in fission yeast
Novel roles of the principal microtubule nucleator γ-TuRC (γ-tubulin ring complex) in mitotic spindle assembly in fission yeast
Regulation of microtubule cross-linking activity for mitotic spindle assembly in fission yeast
Fission yeast expressing human mitotic kinesin motor protein provides an effective platform for screening for anti-cancer compounds
13th March 2023
Takashi Toda gave a talk at HIRAKU-Global Workshop.
The title is
[Message to HIRAKU/HIRAKU-G Researchers]
27th February-3rd March 2023
Takashi Toda attended the 14th HOPE meeting held in Tsukuba. He acted as a modulator for Dr Tim Hunt (Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine in 2001), whom Takashi knows for a long time as they worked in the same institute in London and shared scientific interests.
20th February 2023
Takashi Toda attended HIRAKU-Global International Symposium/Annual Conference FY2022. He acts belong to the advisory board of HIRAKU-Global and also acts as a member for several HIRAKU-Global Researchers.
17th February 2023
Dr Hiroshi Ochiai, who is Associate Professor at Division of Biological and Life Sciences Graduate School of Integrated Sciences in Hiroshima University, visited Takashi. He will move to Medical Institute of Bioregulation, Kyushu University as a full professor from 1st March. He said goodbye to Takashi, who in turn sent his very best wishes back to Hiroshi.
Hiroshi, good luck in your new work place and position.
14th February 2023
4th year undergraduate students, Hiromu Yamada, Aoi Takenoya and Yuta Hirano, presented their graduation researches.
(Roles of the principal microtubule nucleator in mitotic spindle assembly in fission yeast)
(Screening of novel factors involved in kinesin-5-independent mitotic spindle assembly)
(Regulation of microtubule cross-linking activity for mitotic spindle assembly in fission yeast)
10th February 2023
2nd year graduate students, Woosang Hwang and Sharmin Sultana, presented their master course researches.
(Study of the molecular mechanism of actin-dependent mitotic nuclear displacement)
(Functional analysis of human mitotic kinesins using fission yeast)
10th January 2023
Registration and abstract submission have started for Pombe2023 Hiroshima (https://www.fission-yeast2023.org/), which Takashi Toda and Masashi Yukawa act as meeting organisers.
9th December 2022
Takashi Toda and Masashi Yukawa attended 20th HiHA Workshop held at Hiroshima University Phoenix International Center MIRAI CREA. The theme of this workshop was “What can we learn about healthy aging from model organisms?” The latest findings of aging and longevity research were introduced in this workshop.
10th and 11th November 2022
3 lab members (Masashi Yukawa, Hiromu Yamada and Yuta Hirano) attended 39th Yeast Workshop held at Kochi Prefectural Culture Hall.
Masashi presented an overview of our research and Hiromu and Yuta gave both oral and poster presentations.
The titles were
Novel factors promoting microtubule nucleation
Regulation of microtubule cross-linking activity for mitotic spindle assembly
12th October 2022
Sharmin Sultana (2nd year graduate student) presented her research project at the master’s interim presentation.
Functional analysis of human mitotic kinesins using fission yeast
11th October 2022
Took our lab photo today. We are hopeful for the new semester!
5th October 2022
Masashi Yukawa and Woosang Hwang attended the 1st Hiroshima University’s Neuroscience Seminar at Koujin hall in the Kasumi campus, which is an exchange meeting for researchers working in the Kasumi and the Higashi-Hiroshima campus.
Woosang Hwang had a poster presentation.
Title: Study of the molecular mechanism of actin-dependent mitotic nuclear displacement
29th September 2022
Fara Difka Afdilla from Indonesia joined our lab as a research student.
She is supported by INPEX SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION.
Photo (from the left to the right): Masashi Yukawa, Fara Difka Afdilla, Mari Sasa (INPEX), Takashi Toda
22nd September 2022
Dai Hirata (Professor at Niigata University) visited Takashi Toda and discussed research projects on the mechanism underlying ethanol-mediated lifespan regulation in sake yeast and fission yeast.
8th September 2022
Masashi Yukawa attended 55th annual meeting of Yeast Genetic Society of Japan in Okinawa (OIST, hybrid) and had an oral presentation (on-line).
Title: Study of the molecular mechanism of actin-dependent mitotic nuclear displacement
2nd August 2022
Takashi Toda attended the 3rd HIRAKU-GLOBAL STARTER. COURSE and gave a presentation for the newly-selected HIRAKU-GLOBAL researchers. He serves as an adviser and also a mentor for this programme (https://www.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/hiraku-g).
9th July 2022
Takashi Toda and Masashi Yukawa attended the annual meeting of Hiroshima Fermentation Society (広島醗酵会), in which Takashi and Masashi serve as president and executive secretary, respectively, of this organisation.
5th July 2022
Takashi Toda participated in the regular meeting of the HIRAKU-Global programme, which he joins as an advisory board member and also as a consortium mentor.
5th July 2022
Takashi Toda discussed the procedures and the details of the 11th Pombe international meeting 2023 in Hiroshima with Sir Paul Nurse (the CEO of the Francis Crick Institute).
30th June 2022
Dr Takayuki Koyano (古家野 孝行), a former postdoc in Takashi’s lab in LRI, UK and currently a research scientist in Shigei Medical Research Institute (重井医学研究所) in Okayama, visited the lab and discussed his current research.
16th June 2022
The 3rd preparation meeting to discuss the organisation and the procedures of the 11th Fission Yeast Meeting Hiroshima 2023, which is scheduled from 28th May until 2nd July next year, was held. Participants include Takashi Toda, Masashi Yukawa, Masaru Ueno, Kenji Kitamura and Kazunori Kume, who are organisers of this meeting.
15th June 2022
HIHA organized the 73rd HiHA Seminar/Webinar by Dr Yasunao Kamikawa, Assistant Professor at Department of Biochemistry, Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Hiroshima University.
Speaker: Dr Yasunao Kamikawa (上川泰直 助教)
Title: 核膜ストレスとその応答メカニズム (Molecular mechanism of nuclear envelope stress response)
This seminar was performed via internet (Webinar).
10th May 2022
Sharmin Sultana from Bangladesh joined our lab as a master student.
1st April 2022
New B4 students, Hiromu Yamada (山田 大夢), Aoi Takenoya (武谷 碧) and Yuta Hirano (平野 雄大) joined our group.
Photo (from the left to the right): Takashi Toda, Aoi Takenoya, Yuta Hirano, Hiromu Yamada, Masashi Yukawa, Woosang Hwang
17th March 2022
Woosang Hwang and Masashi Yukawa attended the 2022 annual meeting of the JSBBA held in Kyoto and had an oral presentation (Online).
Actin-dependent movement of the mitotic nucleus linked with the spindle assembly checkpoint in fission yeast
Complementation of fission yeast kinesin-5/Cut7 with human Eg5 provides a versatile platform for screening of anti-cancer compounds
7th-11th March 2022
Takashi Toda attended the 13th HOPE meeting (on-line) as a moderator for the Nobel laureate Sir Tim Hunt. Dr Hunt was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2001 for his discovery of key regulators of the cell cycle. Takashi has known Dr Hunt for a long time; they belonged to the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute and have been working on the related topics on cell cycle control. Takashi published two papers in the past in which Dr Hunt was coauthor. Dr Hunt now lives in Okinawa and is involved in OIST (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology). The HOPE meeting is organised by JSPS and aims to foster young researchers around the world, in particular Asia, Oceania and Africa, through interaction with Nobel prize laureates (https://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-hope/index.html).
1st March 2022
Takashi Toda attended the annual HIRAKU-Global Advisory Board Meeting held on-line. He belongs to the advisory board and serves as a mentor for the HIRAKU Global researchers.
Photos (from the left, titles omitted)
Top: Jorge Tendeiro (a programme manager), Takashi Toda, Robert Mahley (the Gladstone Institute,USA), Manabu Abe (vice president of Hiroshima Uni),
Bottom: Toshiyuki Misu, Naoto Kobayashi (vice president of Ehime Uni), Misako Aida (programme representative), Professor Kiyoshi Fukui (vice president of Tokushima Uni)
21st February 2022
Takashi Toda attended the HIRAKU-Global Annual Conference FY2021 (on-line) as a panelist. He belongs to the advisory board in this programme and also serves as a mentor for the HIRAKU Global researchers.
Top right: Professor Jorge Tendeiro (a programme manager)
Bottom left: Professor Eiichiro Suzuki (a mentor)
Bottom right: Professor Yuko Harayama (an advisory board member and a mentor)
15th February 2022
4th year undergraduate students, Masahiro Kawasumi and Jaeuk Hwang, presented their graduation researches.
(Functional analysis of the RNA-binding protein Dri1 under heat stress conditions in fission yeast)
(Screening for factors regulating mitotic nuclear displacement in fission yeast)
24th January 2022
Our new paper was published in the latest issue of Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry.
Authors: Woosang Hwang, Takashi Toda and Masashi Yukawa
Title：Complementation of fission yeast kinesin-5/Cut7 with human Eg5 provides a versatile platform for screening of anti-cancer compounds
Journal：Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry 2022;86(2):254-259