Prof Hiroshi Hamada
Hiroshi Hamada is currently a Team Leader of RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research in Kobe Japan. His laboratory uses the mouse system to study genetic and cellular basis of embryonic patterning and organogenesis. Prompted by the finding of a left-right asymmetrically expressed gene Lefty over 20 years ago, his group has been investigating how body axes, such as left-right axis and anterior-posterior axis, are established. Hiroshi received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Okayama University in Japan, and worked in NIH/USA and Newfoundland/Canada for 9 years. His interest in development stems from his earlier work performed in Canada on how embryonal carcinoma cells maintain pluripotency and how they undergo differentiation. His current interests are cilia-dependent and cilia-independent symmetry breaking mechanisms that operate among vertebrates.