Investigator Profile: Hirotake Komatsu
Project: Vascular network-mimetic oxygen-transporting mesh for islet graft
NIH NIDDK Gateway Investigator Recipient
►Where are you from originally, and where did you go to school?
Originally from Japan M.D. earned in 2002 at Juntendo University, School of Medicine, Japan Ph.D. earned in 2013 at Tohoku University, Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
►What is your current position?
Assistant Research Professor
►Why did you decide to become a researcher?
During my prior 12 years of experience as a hepato-pancreato-biliary surgeon, I saw first-hand how advances in the medical sciences contribute to cures. But I also realized that many patients continue to suffer from diseases for which effective and accessible treatments have not been established. Therefore, in 2009, I pursued a Ph.D. for training in basic research.
►What is the “Big Picture” of what you study?
My expertise is derived from a broad training in medicine and basic research in the fields of pancreas surgery and pancreatic islet transplantation. My long-term research goal is to leverage my experience as an M.D., Ph.D. to bridge biology and bioengineering and expand the application of clinical islet transplantation to improve quality of life for large numbers of patients with diabetes.
►What is your favorite aspect of your research?
Translational idea and approach by utilizing my broad knowledge in clinical experience.
► What do you hope to achieve with your research?
To improve quality of life of patients living with diabetes.
► What groups are you involved with?
International pancreas and islet transplant association (IPITA) The Transplantation Society (TTS) 2020-present: Young investigator committee, International pancreas and islet transplant association (IPITA)
►When not in the lab what are your favorite hobbies/activities?