Scientific Committee/Mini Symposium Chair/Speaker
Yukiko Gotoh, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Yukiko Gotoh received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo and studied in Eisuke Nishida’s laboratory where she biochemically identified and characterized vertebrate MAP kinase (Erk) and its activator MAP kinase kinase (Mek). After becoming a visiting scientist in the laboratories of Jonathan A. Cooper at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and Michael E. Greenberg at the Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, where she started working on signal transduction pathways in the central nervous system, she returned to Japan in 1999 and was appointed as an Associate Professor in the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at the University of Tokyo. She was later appointed as a Professor at the same institute in 2005 and then at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Tokyo in 2014. Her group focuses on the mechanisms and logic underlying the regulation of neural stem-progenitor cell fate both during brain development and in the adult brain, with an emphasis on epigenetic regulation and lineage development. For example, her group has recently identified and characterized embryonic origin of neural stem cells residing in the adult subventricular zone.
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