Veterinary Molecular Medicine
Approaching the essence of mechanism of life
Molecular medicine began with the discovery by Linus Pauling that “an abnormal structure of the hemoglobin molecule causes sickle cell disease.” Nowadays, it is known that many diseases are caused by congenital or acquired abnormalities in the structure and function of biomolecules, which provides us the clues to unravel the mystery of life phenomena.
Through the investigation of abnormalities of proteins and genes causing blood diseases and immune disorders, we aim to explore the universal mechanisms that supports the living organisms. Specifically, we mainly target erythrocytes / erythroid cells and T cells / immune cells. Ongoing projects include structure & function of cellular membrane, cell differentiation & maturation, quality control of cellular membrane proteins, immunological memory & inflammation. Furthermore, we aim to develop novel therapeutics for diseases based on our findings.
While valuing the curiosity, awareness, and ideas that are raised through pathological analysis of disease cases and daily experiments, we try to carry out essential research that is broadly applicable to the medical science / life science and does not fade over time. We hope our students to acquire the attitude as scientists through the research that can re-creates the common sense. It is the philosophy of our laboratory to contribute to science and human wisdom while feeling the joy of science.
Mutsumi Inaba, PhD, DVM
Specialty:hematology, internal medicine, biochemistry, genetic diseases
Kensuke Takada, PhD, DVM
Specialty: immunology, immune-mediated diseases
1. Hereditary membrane diseases of erythrocyte membrane, structure and function of membrane protein
2. Mechanism of final differentiation and maturation of erythroblasts
3. Mechanism of intracellular transport / quality control of membrane proteins
4. Immunological memory and application to vaccines
5. Development of novel therapeutics for immune diseases
Would you like to share the joy of new discoveries with us through your research activities?
We provide you an opportunity to join our program as a graduate student or a research student.
First of all, we would like you to know the fun of clarifying the mechanism of the living body and the cause of illness based on your own awareness and ideas. It is not easy to face unknown life phenomena head-on, identify the essence of the problem, and pursue the truth, but it is precious to be able to contribute to the advancement of science and the overcoming of diseases. We will support your growth and self-realization as a veterinarian, researcher, and scientist through the practice of world-class research with you.
If you are interested in our research, please contact the following:
Prof. Mutsumi Inaba
Laboratory of Molecular Medicine
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Hokkaido University
(Main building, Rm. 214 and 215)
Kita 18, Nishi 9, Kita-ku,Sapporo 060-0818, JAPAN