Masakazu Sugishima

Kurume University, Japan


I graduated Osaka University in 2004 and got a degree of Science under the guidance of Prof. Fukuyama. Currently I'm working in Kurume University School of Medicine as an assistant professor from 2007. Between 2010 and 2012, I was working in the University of Chicago as a visiting researcher. My research area is protein crystallography of metalloproteins and enzymes involved in tetrapyrrole metabolism. Currently I'm focused on heme oxygenase and ferredoxin dependent bilin reductases. Heme oxygenase is a key enzyme in heme catabolism and is also known as a producer of carbon monoxide as a signal transmitter for several physiological reactions such as anti-inflammation, anti-apoptosis, anti-proliferation, and vasodilatations. Ferredoxin dependent reductases are involved in bilin metabolism in photosynthetic organisms and chlorophyll catabolism in plants.

Biography Updated on 4 September 2012

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