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LAB NEWS

2024.4.1

Kazuyo, our secretary, and Wanqing, a PhD student, joined our lab in April. We are looking forward to working with the new members and make our research more exciting!

LAB NEWS

2024.3.26

We moved our lab from Kumamoto University to Kyushu University. It was hard to believe that the lab was empty 4.5 years ago when I first started up the lab. So many packages! Thanks to the hard work of the lab members, we were able to transport our important samples without losing them, and the setup at Kyushu University proceeded at an amazing speed, and we were able to unpack almost all the boxes in one day. Thanks everyone!

LAB NEWS

2024.3.21

Today we had our last lab lunch in Kumamoto. We are very grateful to Keida san, a technician, and Nagata san, an admin, who has suported us for many years!

LAB NEWS

2024.1.4

Dr. Makoto Takeo joined our lab at the Medical Institute of Bioregulation, Kyushu University as an Associate Professor in January 2024. Makoto has long been engaged in research related to skin stem cells and tissue regeneration. We hope you will enjoy working together to make our research more exciting!

AWARD

2023.12.15

Keida san, a technician in our lab, received the award from MEXT (Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology). Congratulations! This award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to clinical and research work in medical science. She has worked as a clinical laboratory technician and research assistant at Kumamoto University for more than 20 years! Our lab members sincerely thank her for her great support to our research.

MEETING

2023.12.6

We attended the Molecular Biology Conference in Kobe, Japan. It was very exciting meeting. Aiko gave a talk at the symposium on ECM and aging, and Mizuho gave a poster presentation. As Career Path Committee members, Aiko also led a panel discussion at the luncheon seminar and discussed about the values of Ph.D.

MEETING

2023.9.28

IRCMS symposium: Rise of Diversity in Science was held for two days at IRCMS, Kumamoto University. The theme of the symposium was diversity, and we had invited lectures and poster sessions by researchers with diverse topics, as well as a panel discussion during the power hour "Diversity for Discovery: Unlocking the Power of Different Perspectives”. Sada lab members actively participated and enjoyed the symposium. I think it was a good, stimulating meeting. Thank you to all the speakers and participants.

MEETING

2023.9.3

Aiko was invited to speak at the 2023 Inaugural meeting of ISRB: International Society for Regenerative Biology in Vienna. Enjoyed wonderful talks and the beautiful city of Vienna.

LAB NEWS

2023.9.1

As of September 1, Dr. Mizuho Ishikawa has been appointed to the Medical Institute of Bioregulation, Kyushu University as an Assistant Professor. Congratulations! 

LAB NEWS

2023.8.31

Second-year PhD students Wency, Thisakorn, and Thomson completed their interim presentations. Well done. We received a lot of feedback and we will do our best to further develop the research. 

LAB NEWS

2023.7.1

As of July 1, Aiko has been appointed to the Medical Institute of Bioregulation, Kyushu University as a full professor. We will continue to do our best to advance our research in this new environment. 

LAB NEWS

2023.1.4

Happy New Year! We welcome Ahmed, a visiting researcher from Egypt, who joined our lab in January. Looking forward to another wonderful year with all of you.

MEETING

2022.11.12

“New Frontiers in Developmental Biology – Celebrating the Diversity of Life”, 3rd Franco-Japanese Developmental Biology Meeting, was held in Strasbourg, Nov 7-10. Aiko gave a talk and chaired a Session2: Regeneration & stem cells, aging, senescence. We have much to learn from France's culture of respect for the history of science, high-quality talks and active discussions, and outreach activities. The video mapping on the theme of embryology was truly a wonderful and creative fusion of science and art.

PUBLICATION

2022.10.24

We are pleased to share that our paper has finally been published. We characterized the aging process of epidermal stem cell populations and the role of the extracellular matrix fibulin-7.

Thank you Erna, Gopu, and Lal for their hard work, and Hiromi for her continued support!

Raja E, Changarathil G, Oinam L, Tsunezumi J, Ngo YX, Ishii R, Sasaki T, Imanaka-Yoshida K, Yanagisawa H*, Sada A*: The extracellular matrix fibulin 7 maintains epidermal stem cell heterogeneity during skin aging. EMBO Rep. e55478, 2022. 

https://doi.org/10.15252/embr.202255478

LAB NEWS

2022.10.3

MEXT students Manh and Trisha joined our lab in October. Welcome to Kumamoto!

LAB NEWS

2022.7.26

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.

LAB NEWS

2022.7.14

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.

RECRUITMENT

2022.6.1

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. 

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

 

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.

LAB NEWS

2022.6.1

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

LAB NEWS

2022.5.10

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!

LAB NEWS

2022.4.1

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

LAB NEWS

2022.1.20

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.

LAB NEWS

2021.12.14

MEXT student Tomson has arrived safely in Kumamoto. Welcome to Japan!!

MEETING

2021.12.1

The 44th annual meeting of the Molecular Biology Society of Japan (MBSJ) in Yokohama, Japan. Aiko gave a talk in the session on extracellular matrix and Erna presented her poster. Nguyen and Yen also attended the conference. Thank you all for the great talks and discussion!

LAB NEWS

2021.11.12

PhD student Wency has received a fellowship of Pioneering Research Initiated by the Next Generation (SPRING) Program at Kumamoto University. Congratulations!!

LAB NEWS

2021.10.1

Three new doctoral students have joined the Sada Lab today. Welcome! I am looking forward to working together in Kumamoto soon.

RECRUITMENT

2021.9.30

The MEXT program information became available. Stipend, travel expenses, fees for enrollment and tuition will be supported for 4 years of doctor course. If you are interested in applying, please do not hesitate to contact me.

The application deadline: December 28, 2021

The interview date: January 31, 2022

The enrollment: October 1, 2022

Educational program for the extension of healthy life expectancy (on the bottom of this page).

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

PUBLICATION

2021.9.25

Check out our protocol article from JoVE. This paper describes a method for isolating and culturing mouse oral keratinocytes. Congratulations, Yen! We will be shooting a protocol video soon.

https://www.jove.com/t/62820

RECRUITMENT

2021.9.2

The International Research Center for Medical Sciences (IRCMS) at Kumamoto University has launched its YouTube channel! The first one is a digest version of PI interview videos, including a short introduction of labs, life in Kumamoto, and more. There is also an interview video with an international student and postdoc. Please subscribe to our channel!

https://youtu.be/3GXTOvJga7U

RECRUITMENT

2021.8.25

A fully-funded PhD scholarship in healthy longevity supported by the Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT) is available at Kumamoto University, Japan. If you are interested in stem cell biolog, skin aging and regeneration, please do not hesitate to contact me.

RECRUITMENT

2021.7.21

Applications for IRCMS internships are now open. Those who are thinking of entering graduate school at Kumamoto University can stay at IRCMS for 2-8 weeks before entering the university to experience the research environment and life in Kumamoto. We are looking forward to receiving worldwide applications. If you are interested, please email or DM me!

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

MEETING

2021.6.26

PhD student Yen presented her poster at ISSCR. Postdoc Erna gave a talk at the annual meeting of the Japanese Society for Matrix Biology and Medicine. Thank you for the discussion!

RECRUITMENT

2021.5.26

[ Open entries for IRCMS Fellowship ] Application is now open for the fellowship for 2021 Fall enrollment. For the details, please refer to the following URL. We are looking forward to receiving world-wide entries. Deadline is June 30, 2021.

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

MEETING

2021.5.21-22

Yen presented her poster at the 18th stem cell research symposium, entitled "Defining diversity and similarity of epithelial stem cell populations and its anatomical environment in murine skin and oral mucosa". Aiko gave a talk about the story on the ocular surface epithelium.

http://stem-cell.jp/English.html

MEDIA

2021.5.17

Aiko and other new PI’s stories on setting up new laboratories under the pandemic are featured in the Nature career article. 

How new principal investigators tackled a tumultuous year

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01311-5

PUBLICATION

2021.4.22

A collaborative work has been published in Scientific Reports. Congratulations!

Kimura K, Ramirez K, Nguyen TAV, Yamashiro Y, Sada A and Yanagisawa H: Contribution of PDGFRα-positive cells in maintenance and injury responses in mouse large vessels. Sci Rep, 11(1):8683, 2021. 

https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-88126-6

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-88126-6

MEDIA

2021.4.15

Aiko's interview about her research and career is posted here!

https://ewww.kumamoto-u.ac.jp/en/topics/3/

AWARD

2021.4.6

Aiko received The Young Scientists' Award by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) . 

https://www.mext.go.jp/b_menu/houdou/mext_00547.html

RECRUITMENT

2021.3.31

The school year will begin tomorrow in Japan! Sada lab seeks motivated students (master and PhD level) who are interested in skin regeneration, aging and stem cell biology! I would be happy to support fellowship and scholarship applications, such as MEXT, JSPS or HFSP. If you're interested in pursuing research with us, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Sada lab tour!

https://youtu.be/V8xKFuBEyVo

RECRUITMENT

2021.3.25

Applications for the 2022 HFSP postdoc fellowships will start soon. This year, it will follow a new two-step application: (1) submission of a letter of Intent on May 2021, and (2) submission a full application on September 2021 for successful applicants.

 

If you are interested in applying for HFSP fellowship and pursuing research with us, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to support. I was also supported by HFSP postdoc fellowship 2011. It is amazing that the HFSP supports basic sciences and it facilitates challenging, innovative and interdisciplinary research.

 

Please check the following site for more information.

https://www.hfsp.org/funding/hfsp-funding/postdoctoral-fellowships

MEETING

2021.3.18

Aiko wins the First Prize 2020 NIKON JOICO AWARD!
https://ircms.kumamoto-u.ac.jp/news/2021/03/awarded-nikon-joico.html

MEETING

2021.3.18

A postdoc Nguyen presented her work at weekly IRCMS meeting (WIM). Well done!

MEETING

2021.2.24-26

Aiko gave a talk at Singapore international skin conference 2021. Thank you for all the wonderful talks and active discussion!

https://www.skinsoc.org.sg/skinconference2021.html

MEETING

2021.2.22

We had a 4th KAIST-KU Workshop and Joint Symposium -Facilitating Collaboration in Biomedical Engineering Research-

http://iroast.kumamoto-u.ac.jp/symposiumsseminars/4th-kaist-ku-workshop-and-joint-symposium/

MEETING

2021.2.20

Aiko organized Scienc-ome XR Innovation hub (SXR), a hackathon event focusing on anti-disciplinary science on VR platform. 

https://www.scienc-ome.com/sxr

MEETING

2021.2.7-9

Aiko attended Interstellar Initiative: February workshop. 
https://www.nyas.org/events/2021/interstellar-initiative-february-2021/

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. 

LAB NEWS

2020.10.24

We opened for entries of IRCMS fellowship to support master and doctor course students at Kumamoto University (April 2021 enrollment)

<Duration>

The period of Fellowship will be from after applicant’s enrollment to March, 2022 (max 10 months).

<Application Deadline>
November 30, 2020

<Application Procedure>
see IRCMS website for detail

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

AWARD

2020.10.17

We are honored to receive Healthy Longevity Award at interstellar initiative. Thank you team members, Martina and Ahmet for great collaboration and discussion. Excited to start our new project!

FUNDING

2020.9.24-25

Aiko presented our work at online meeting of JSDB (Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists). 

FUNDING

2020.9.11

Erna received a grant, JSPS KAKENHI, for research activity start-up. Congratulations!

FUNDING

2020.9.11

Aiko is selected for the interstellar initiative 2020. 

https://www.nyas.org/events/2020/the-interstellar-initiative-2020-2021-workshop-1/

FUNDING

2020.7.30

Aiko received a new grant, JSPS KEKENHI, Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Research (Exploratory) on glycan and skin stem cell aging project. We will keep going!

LAB NEWS

2020.7.23

We opened for entries of FY2020 IRCMS research internship program. If you are interested in, please contact me!

<Duration>

2 to 8 weeks between late October 2020 and early March 2021

<Application Period>

July 20th (Mon) to August 31st (Mon), 2020 (Japan Standard Time)

<Application Procedure>
see IRCMS website for detail

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

PUBLICATION

2020.7.23

Our paper is published! Congrats, Lal for your nice work.

Oinam L, Changarathil G, Raja E, Yen Ngo YX, Tateno H*, Sada A*, Yanagisawa H: Glycome profiling by lectin microarray reveals dynamic glycan alterations during epidermal stem cell aging.

Aging Cell, e13190, 2020. *corresponding authors.

doi: 10.1111/acel.13190

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/acel.13190

EurekAlert! AAAS

Skin Stem Cells Shuffle Sugars as They Age

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/uot-ssc072120.php

Please check our news as well.

https://www.aikosada.com/post/glycan-profiling-of-epidermal-stem-cells-during-aging

FUNDING

2020.4.1

Aiko received JSPS KEKENHI, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(B).

LAB NEWS

2020.4.1

Ph.D. student Yen and technician Takako have joined! 

https://www.aikosada.com/members

LAB NEWS

2019.2.21

We opened for entries of FY2020 IRCMS research internship program.

<Duration>
2 to 8 weeks between June 2020 and early March 2021

<Application Period>
February 21 (Fri) to March 22 (Sun), 2020

<Application Procedure>
see IRCMS website for detail
http://ircms.kumamoto-u.ac.jp/internship/

LAB NEWS

2019.2.17

Aiko Sada received the Woman Scientist Award at Kumamoto University. Still so few women in science in Japan, but I hope we can change this for future generations.

MEETING

2019.12.3-6

Aiko gave a talk at the annual meeting of the MBSJ (Molecular Biology Society of Japan) on December 3 in the session of Morphostasis: the crossroads between developmental and disease biology. Thank you all for great talks and discussion! 

MEETING

2019.11.13-14

After KU-KAIST joint symposium, Aiko moved from Daejeon to Busan and attended ACGG (Asian Community of Glycoscience and Glycotechnology) conference. A PhD student Lalhaba Oinam (University of Tsukuba) received a poster award on the project of glycan profiling of aged epidermal stem cells. Congratulations, Lal! 

MEETING

2019.11.11-12

Aiko and other PIs in IRCMS attended and gave a talk at Kumamoto Univ-KAIST joint symposium in Daejeon, Korea. High level of research, stimulating talks and discussion - we really enjoyed the symposium. We thank people in KAIST for their warm and kind hospitality!

IRCMS NEWS

2019.11.01

The application for IRCMS fellowship is now open. This fellowship provides financial support for graduate students. For more details, check this page or contact me.

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

FUNDING

2019.10.17

​Aiko received research grants from the Mitsubishi foundation, the Ichiro Kanehara foundation and the Sumitomo foundation. 

LAB NEWS

2019.10.01

Sada lab started! Find us on Facebook and Twitter too. 

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