Yoichi Mizukami was born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1962. He began to study biochemistry and lipid biology as an undergraduate at Kyushu University School of Medicine with Dr. Hideki Sumimoto and Professor Shigeki Minakami. He received a Ph.D. degree in 1994 from Kyushu University. He studied signal transduction during ischemia in heart with Professor Kenichi Yoshida in Yamaguchi University as a Research Associate, focusing on kinase activation and the molecules of subcellular localization in oxidative stress. Next he studied the relationship between cardiovascular functions and signal transduction pathways in oxidative stress as an Assistant Professor with Professor Sei Kobayashi for 3 years in the Department of Physiology in Yamaguchi University. He moved to Center for Gene Research of Yamaguchi University and researched genes activated by oxidative stress and cloned human GPR30 (rat GPR41) as a hypoxia-induced apoptosis receptor from cardiomyocytes exposed to oxidative stress. Since GRR30 was shown to be a membrane receptor for estrogen, he has studied GPR30-mediated diseases in oxidative stress in the Center for Gene Research in Yamaguchi University.
Biography Updated on 9 March 2011