Professor, Life Sciences
Gakushuin University, Japan
Takashi Adachi-Yamada is a Professor of Life Science in Gakushuin University (Tokyo, Japan). He was graduated from Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan) and obtained PhD from Nagoya University (Nagoya, Japan) by study of gene and expression of a metamorphosis-regulating neuropeptide, prothoracicotropic hormone (PTTH) of silkworm Bombyx. In Aichi Cancer Center (Nagoya, Japan), he changed the research area to stress responses mediating p38/JNK using the model organism Drosophila and focused on tissue and organ homeostasis in response to abnormal morphogen signaling. After a visiting research in Mike O’Connor’s lab in University of Minnesota, he obtained research grants from Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) as an associate professor in Kobe University (Kobe, Japan) during 2001-2009, and has been in the present position since 2009.
Molecular and cellular mechanisms to achieve optimized organ function revealed by Drosophila genetics. For example: Cell death in development and maintenance of external organs, intestine and reproductive organs. Cellular events accompanied by homeotic transformation between various organs. Plasticity in cell size and morphology depending on organ condition. Selective adhesion between cells and cell/substratum for optimized tissue architecture.