Masakazu Sugishima graduated from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan in 2004 and got a degree of science under the guidance of Professor Fukuyama. Currently, Sugishima is working at Kurume University School of Medicine, Fukuoka, Japan, as an Assistant Professor from 2007. Between 2010 and 2012, Sugishima was working at The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA, as a Visiting Researcher. Sugishima's research area is protein crystallography of metalloproteins and enzymes involved in tetrapyrrole metabolism. Currently Sugishima focuses on heme oxygenase, which is a key enzyme in heme catabolism, and ferredoxin-dependent bilin reductases, which are involved in bilin metabolism in photosynthetic organisms and chlorophyll catabolism in plants. Heme oxygenase is also known as a producer of carbon monoxide as a signal transmitter for several physiological reactions such as anti-inflammation, antiapoptosis, antiproliferation, and vasodilatations.
Biography Updated on 4 June 2012