Mari Dezawa

Tohoku University, Japan

Prof. Mari Dezawa graduated Chiba University School of Medicine in 1989, awarded the degree of MD. She worked as a resident in Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiology in Chiba University hospital for two years and after then she was admitted to a Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine. Upon completion of her PhD thesis in 1995, she joined the Department of Anatomy in Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine as a research associate where she started to clarify the mechanism of neural regeneration. She continued her work after moving to the Department of Anatomy Yokohama City University as Assistant Professor in 2000 where she pioneered to establish new induction systems of Schwann cells from bone marrow stromal cells (MSCs). After moving to Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine as Associate Professor in 2003, she discovered methods to induce functional dopaminergic neurons and skeletal muscle cells from human MSCs ( J. Clin. Invest, 2004; Science, 2005). In 2008, she became to Professor and Chair of two departments, Department of Stem Cell Biology and Histology and Department of Anatomy and Anthropology in Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine. There, she discovered a novel type of human pluripotent stem cells which are named Muse cells that reside in normal adult mesenchymal tissues (PNAS, 2010; PNAS 2011). Her present research subject is stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.

Biography Updated on 18 October 2011

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