Welcome to the Sada Lab!​


Laboratory of Skin Regeneration and Aging

IRCMS, Kumamoto University, Japan


Stem cells maintain tissue integrity during homeostasis and show remarkable plasticity to 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 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 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, 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 future treatments of cancer, aging, and other disorders.

Sada lab seeks motivated students (master and Ph.D. level), postdocs, and collaborators worldwide. Particulaly, our university has a priority slot for MEXT application for studying aging as a PhD student. We also have fellowship and internship program to do research at IRCMS. If you're interested in pursuing research with us, please do not hesitate to contact me.


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. 

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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. 

Life in Kumamoto





Farewell to Yen, who worked in the lab for a long time as a PhD student and postdoc.  It is my great pleasure to see how much she has grown since she first came to our lab. From August, she will be working on a tissue engineering project as a postdoc at RIKEN. Thank you very much Yen for all your hard work over the years. We look forward to seeing your future endeavors. We will miss you.



Dr. Katja Schenke Layland from NMI, University of Tubingen, Germany visited Kumamoto and gave a talk for Joint Invited Speaker Seminar Series for Future Medicine. It was a very exciting talk and an active discussion. Thank you Katija for your wonderful work and thank you to everyone who participated online and at the venue.


During her stay, Katja and our lab members had good discussions and went on a lab trip to Suizenji Garden with Yukata as an excursion. Dr. Kaori Sugiyama from Waseda University visited Kumamoto and enjoyed discussions together.



Open call: fully-funded PhD scholarship in healthy longevity supported by the Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT), Kumamoto University, Japan. The application guidelines are now available. 



Application deadline: January 2023

Interview: February 2023

Enrollment: October 2023


If you are interested in tissue stem cells, skin aging and regeneration, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Erna, a postdoctoral fellow, has appointed as an assistant professor at the University of Tsukuba. Congratulations! 



We have new members in our lab. Hegazy from Egypt, Wency from China, and Thisakorn from Thailand arrived in Kumamoto. Two basic course students from the Faculty of Medicine are also here. Welcome to Sada Lab, enjoy science!



Sada lab welcomed new postdoc Mizuho and master's student Ikuto. Yen received her degree and became a postdoc in April. 



PhD student Yen has successfully completed her doctoral thesis defense today and passed the final review for her degree. Big congratulations, Dr. Yen!!! Thanks for your great thesis work.