►Where are you from originally, and where did you go to school?
I am from Kobe, Japan, and went to Osaka University.Faculty of Medicine
►What is your current position?
Professor of Pathology at University of Florida
►Why did you decide to become a researcher?
I started my career as a pediatrician and found there are so many diseases still incurable.
►What is the “Big Picture” of what you study?
I would like to maximize the power of stem cells to reveal pediatric disease mechanisms and find a cure.
►What is your favorite aspect of your research?
As a nature of my research, we work with many other investigators and clinicians in collaboration, beyond the field. Such interdisciplinary collaboration is a most fun part for my research.
► What do you hope to achieve with your research?
Find cure of previously incurable pediatric diseases through stem cell research
►What groups are you involved in?
Mathews UC4, Stabler UG3, Personally, with Terada Band
►When not in the lab what are your favorite hobbies/activities?
Playing music with the band, golf