WHAT'S NEW (archive)
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.
“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.
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.
MEXT students Manh and Trisha joined our lab in October. Welcome to 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 been 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.
MEXT student Tomson has arrived safely in Kumamoto. Welcome to Japan!!
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!
PhD student Wency has received a fellowship of Pioneering Research Initiated by the Next Generation (SPRING) Program at Kumamoto University. Congratulations!!
Three new doctoral students have joined the Sada Lab today. Welcome! I am looking forward to working together in Kumamoto soon.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
[ 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.
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.
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
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.
Aiko's interview about her research and career is posted here!
Aiko received The Young Scientists' Award by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) .
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!
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.
Aiko wins the First Prize 2020 NIKON JOICO AWARD!
A postdoc Nguyen presented her work at weekly IRCMS meeting (WIM). Well done!
Aiko gave a talk at Singapore international skin conference 2021. Thank you for all the wonderful talks and active discussion!
We had a 4th KAIST-KU Workshop and Joint Symposium -Facilitating Collaboration in Biomedical Engineering Research-
Aiko organized Scienc-ome XR Innovation hub (SXR), a hackathon event focusing on anti-disciplinary science on VR platform.
Aiko attended Interstellar Initiative: February workshop.
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
The paper was submitted through Journal-independent peer review platform, Review Commons. We had a great experience.
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.
Aiko received a research grant from Uehara Memorial Foundation. Thank you for the support of our research.
Aiko gave a talk at MBSJ2020. Thank you for the discussion and nice talks!
A PhD student Yen presented her work at weekly IRCMS meeting (WIM). Very good presentation! Thank you for the discussion and feedback.
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.
A new postdoc Nguyen has joined our lab! Welcome to Kumamoto :)
Erna presented her work at weekly IRCMS meeting (WIM). Well done! We got very good questions and feedback.
Aiko received a research grant from Astellas Foundation for Research on Metabolic Disorders.
We opened for entries of IRCMS fellowship to support master and doctor course students at Kumamoto University (April 2021 enrollment)
The period of Fellowship will be from after applicant’s enrollment to March, 2022 (max 10 months).
November 30, 2020
see IRCMS website for detail
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!
Aiko presented our work at online meeting of JSDB (Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists).
Erna received a grant, JSPS KAKENHI, for research activity start-up. Congratulations!
Aiko is selected for the interstellar initiative 2020.
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!
We opened for entries of FY2020 IRCMS research internship program. If you are interested in, please contact me!
2 to 8 weeks between late October 2020 and early March 2021
July 20th (Mon) to August 31st (Mon), 2020 (Japan Standard Time)
see IRCMS website for detail
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.
Skin Stem Cells Shuffle Sugars as They Age
Please check our news as well.
Aiko received JSPS KEKENHI, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(B).
Ph.D. student Yen and technician Takako have joined!
We opened for entries of FY2020 IRCMS research internship program.
2 to 8 weeks between June 2020 and early March 2021
February 21 (Fri) to March 22 (Sun), 2020
see IRCMS website for detail
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Aiko received research grants from the Mitsubishi foundation, the Ichiro Kanehara foundation and the Sumitomo foundation.
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