Toshiyuki Ishiwata was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1961. He graduated from the Kawasaki Medical School (Okayama, Japan) in 1986 and started his career in pathology in the Nippon Medical School (Tokyo, Japan). He received his Ph.D. from Nippon Medical School in 1994, and then he continued his scientific career as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine, Biological Chemistry, and Pharmacology at the University of California in Irvine, USA, under the guidance of Prof. Murray Korc. Following these two and half years of research work, he came back to Japan. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Pathology and Integrative Oncological Pathology at Nippon Medical School (Tokyo, Japan), and he is also a leader of the cancer research group in the department. His is a specialist in molecular pathology and is interested in the role of growth factors, growth factor receptors, extracellular matrices and stem cells in cancer cell growth and invasion. His molecular pathology research is focused on pancreatic cancer and colorectal cancer and the factors which contribute to invasion, remote metastasis and methods for their inhibition, including siRNA and shRNA. His research covers human cancer tissues, using immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization analyses, cultured cancer cells and animal models of cancer. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and attends many pathology, oncology and gastroenterological conferences.
Biography Updated on 15 June 2009