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SHIBA Yoko

Associate Professor

Affiliation

Biological Science
[Master's Program] Biological Sciences
[Doctoral Program] Fundamental and Applied Sciences

Degrees Obtained

Doctor of Philosophy, Biological Sciences

Specialties

Molecular Cell Biology
Biochemistry

My Areas of Research

Determine how mucins are produced and secreted, and understand how disruption of mucus layer occurs in human diseases.

Mucins are highly glycosylated proteins. Secreted mucins constitute mucus layer, with which epithelial cells are protected from bacteria. However, the molecular mechanisms how mucins are produced and secreted are not well understood. We study these mechanisms with goblet cells, specialized cells to secret mucin, which are formed in organoid. Mucus layer is known to be disturbed in inflammatory bowel disease, dry-eye, and Asthma. We also study how these diseases are developed.

My Teaching Philosophy

We develop students to have skills in cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry. We also develop their independent thinking to enable them to contribute to our society with their experiences in science.

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