HOME > Research > Research report from abroad
RESEARCH

Research report from abroard

Hideyuki Ujiie at National Institutes of Health, U.S.A.

It’s my second year studying here in the U.S. The first year just flashed by. I prepared my experiments, kept busy adjusting to the life in the U.S., and did many other things. This year I’m enjoying life here free from clinical work.

My research shifted somewhat from my original intention. My main focus is gamma delta T cells that were formerly regulatory T cells. The research environment here at the NIH is great: We have ample funds, antibodies and other reagents are cheaper than in Japan, and various knockout mice are readily available. At NIH, many of the Japanese and Chinese researchers stay late, but the Americans, including my boss, finish at 5PM and go home. The American researchers seldom come to the lab on weekends. Even so, they’re able to produce papers. I’d like to learn how they work so smoothly and efficiently.

We enjoy American events such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the Super Bowl. People here don’t stand on ceremony. We call each other by first name. The shopkeepers look sloppy to me, gunfights occur here and there, medical insurance is way too expensive, the eating habits are totally different and so on. All my American experiences are precious to me. If you find yourself near Washington, DC, get in touch!

Download 'Research report from abroad' in the annual report 2014, (, 1.1MB)


Satoru Shinkuma at Columbia University, USA

I’ve been researching the development of regenerative medicine for treating dystrophic epidermal bullosa at Angela Christiano’s laboratory in the Dermatology Department of Columbia University in the USA since November 2012. First, iPS cells are made from the blood cells and fibroblasts of the EB patient by genetically introducing the four elements that were discovered by Professor Shinya Yamanaka, who received a Nobel Prize in 2012. Gene therapies are done on the created iPS cells, and those cells are differentiated into keratinocytes and fibroblasts. By using these in a 3D culture, artificial skin will be derived from the EB patient’s cells for genetic treatment. This is what I’ve been doing.

It’s obvious that the research here is a very important experience for me, as are life in this country and the people I’ve met here. I appreciate every day here, an opportunity that was made possible by Professor Hiroshi Shimizu, Assistant Professor Wataru Nishie, chief of the 2nd Lab, staff doctors of the Department of Dermatology of Hokkaido University, secretaries and lab technicians, and the members of Koshikai. I’m determined to do my best in developing the Department of Dermatology of Hokkaido University and the Koshikai after returning to Japan.

Download 'Research report from abroad' in the annual report 2014, (, 1.1MB)

Research
Research top
Departmental Research
Overview in 2015
Publications and Achievements
Recent 30 Departmental
Original Publication (2005-)
Recent Departmental
Publications (2000-)
My Special Paper
Team Nishie
Team Ujiie
Team Iwata
Team Natsuga
Team Fujita
Team Shinkuma
Team Nomura
Team Yanagi
Research report from abroad
Departmental Research Conference
Hiroshi Shimizu
(Professor & Chairman)
Wataru Nishie
(Senior associate professor)
Yasuyuki Fujita
(Associate professor)
Hideyuki Ujiie
(Associate professor)
Toshifumi Nomura
(Associate professor)
Ken Natsuga
(Associate professor)
Hiroo Hata
(Associate professor)
Hiroaki Iwata
(Associate professor)
Satoru Shinkuma
(Assistant professor)
Teruki Yanagi
(Assistant professor)
Publications of Faculty Staff
Hiroshi Shimizu
(Professor & Chairman)
Wataru Nishie
(Senior associate professor)
Yasuyuki Fujita
(Associate professor)
Hideyuki Ujiie
(Associate professor)
Toshifumi Nomura
(Associate professor)
Ken Natsuga
(Associate professor)
Hiroo Hata
(Associate professor)
Hiroaki Iwata
(Associate professor)
Satoru Shinkuma
(Assistant professor)
Teruki Yanagi
(Assistant professor)

[Top]