New team leaders join BDR
Apr. 14, 2023
The RIKEN BDR is pleased to welcome four new team leaders to the Center as of April 1, 2023—Dr. Makito Miyazaki, who is based at the Yokohama Campus, and Drs. Masaya Hagiwara, Takefumi Kondo and Hiroki Shibuya, who are situated at the Kobe Campus.
Team leader Miyazaki heads the Laboratory for Bottom-Up Cell Biology, which will be striving to understand the design principles governing the self-organization of orderly cellular scale structures and the biological functions of molecules using the actin cytoskeleton as a model.
Team leader Kondo leads the new Laboratory for Developmental Genome Systems and is interested in revealing the diversity and universality of feedback mechanisms across genome-to-tissue scales by quantitatively analyzing the dynamics at each level that coordinate self-organization processes in organogenesis using single-cell genomics, imaging techniques, and Drosophila genetics to understand self-organization processes in organogenesis.
Team leader Shibuya heads the Laboratory for Gametogenesis, and will be studying the molecular basis of gametogenesis using a combination of mouse and nematode genetics, cytology, and biochemistry approaches. He is particularly interested in the role of spermatid centrosomes in prophase I chromosome movement, homologous recombination, chromosome segregation, and flagellum formation.
Team leader Masaya Hagiwara, a RIKEN Hakubi Fellow, joins BDR from the RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research, and leads the Human Biomimetic System RIKEN Hakubi Research Team. His group is working to develop in vitro experimental platforms that will enable controlling cellular-level micro-environments to reconstitute functional biological systems outside the body. In particular, he is experimenting with revealing the self-organizational processes at work in the formation of the respiratory airway.