Welcome to the Sada Lab!​

Laboratory of Skin Regeneration and Aging

IRCMS, Kumamoto University, Japan

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Stem cells maintain the tissue integrity during homeostasis and show remarkable plasticity to quickly respond to various stress or damages of the tissue. Dysfunction or misregulation of stem cells leads to tissue dysfunction, including impaired wound healing, cancer and aging. Emerging evidence suggests the presence of heterogeneous stem cell populations within adult tissues and their specific roles in physiological and pathological conditions. Our research focuses on elucidating the cellular dynamics and regulatory mechanisms of tissue-resident stem cells, especially using mouse epithelial tissues (skin, eyes, oral) as a model. We identified a new stem cell populations in the mouse skin epidermis (Sada et al., Nat Cell Biol 2016) and established the genetic tools and molecular markers to analyze these cells in vivo. We are currently studying stem cells in tissue regeneration and aging, by combining cell & molecular biology techniques, genetic-engineering of mice, omics analysis, FACS-based stem cell isolation, bioengineering, glycobiology and so on. Our research goal is to reveal the drivers and effectors of stem cell dysfunction. Targeting these factors may prevent or cure diseases at the stem cell level, with implications for applications in regenerative therapy and for future treatments of cancer, aging and other disorders.

Sada lab seeks motivated students (undergraduate, master and PhD level), postdocs and collaborators from all over the world. If you're interested in pursuing research with us, please do not hesitate to contact me!

RESEARCH INTEREST

Stem Cell Dynamics
Skin Biology
Stem Cell Aging
Mouse Model
Stem Cell Isolation
Tissue Engineering
Omics Analysis
Glycobiology
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RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT

International Research Center for Medical Sciences (IRCMS) at Kumamoto University is a a cutting edge, research institute, especially focusing on stem cells, aging and cancer. Researchers in our institute enjoy Science and closely communicate with each other in a characteristic open lab system of our institute. 

IRCMS website

http://ircms.kumamoto-u.ac.jp

An unofficial twitter account of Junior PIs in Kumamoto University. We tweet, at least once a day, about daily life in Kumamoto and our exciting research going on here.

https://twitter.com/NextGenPIs

LIFE IN KUMAMOTO

Kumamoto University is located in the south part of Japan (Kyushu area) and is close to the city center with traditional Japanese castle, convenient living places, shopping mall and nice foods & drinks! Kumamoto also has beautiful nature within 1 hour drive distance, where you can enjoy Aso mountains, hot springs, fishing and many other outdoor activities. 

Pictures in Kumamoto

https://ircms.kumamoto-u.ac.jp/kumamoto/

Kumamoto has an official character, called "kumamon". You can meet our cute (and funny!) friend here in Kumamoto. https://kumamon-official.jp/kiji0035109/index.html

WHAT'S NEW

PUBLICATION

2020.12.16

Our paper on stem cell dynamics of the ocular surface epithelium is out in Development! Congratulations, Ryutaro! I am proud of you and your hard work. Thank you Dr. Hiromi for your continued support.

Defining compartmentalized stem cell populations with distinct cell division dynamics in the ocular surface epithelium

Ryutaro Ishii, Hiromi Yanagisawa, Aiko Sada

Development, 2020

https://dev.biologists.org/content/147/24/dev197590

The paper was submitted through Journal-independent peer review platform, Review Commons. We had a great experience.

MEETING

2020.12.16

We are thrilled to announce that our Japan - Singapore Skin Webinar Series will start on January 12, 2021. These seminars are free for members of JSID and Skin Soc Singapore. For more information, and to register, please visit our website below.

https://www.skinsoc.org.sg/jpsgwebinarseries.html

FUNDING

2020.12.16

Aiko received a research grant from Uehara Memorial Foundation. Thank you for the support of our research.

MEETING

2020.12.3

Aiko gave a talk at MBSJ2020. Thank you for the discussion and nice talks!

MEETING

2020.11.19

A PhD student Yen presented her work at weekly IRCMS meeting (WIM). Very good presentation! Thank you for the discussion and feedback.

Recruitment

2020.11.5

Graduate school applications will be open soon for 2021 April enrollment. If you're interested in pursuing research with us as a master or doctor student, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Kumamoto University, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Admissions.

http://www.medphas.kumamoto-u.ac.jp/en/medgrad/admissions_top/

LAB NEWS

2020.11.2

​A new postdoc Nguyen has joined our lab! Welcome to Kumamoto :)

MEETING

2020.10.29

Erna presented her work at weekly IRCMS meeting (WIM). Well done! We got very good questions and feedback.

FUNDING

2020.10.26

Aiko received a research grant from Astellas Foundation for Research on Metabolic Disorders. 

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熊本大学

国際先端医学研究機構(IRCMS)

​特任准教授

佐田亜衣子

E-mail: aisada (at) kumamoto-u.ac.jp

 

860-0811

熊本県熊本市中央区本荘2-2-1

Aiko Sada, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

International Research Center for Medical Sciences (IRCMS), Kumamoto University

 

E-mail: aisada (at) kumamoto-u.ac.jp


2-1-1 Honjo, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto City

860-0811, Japan

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