Yasuhiro Fujiwara, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Conducts research focused on the functions of genes in meiosis/spermatogenesis using mutant mice, especially intercellular bridges of germ cells and meiotic recombination/crossing over.

I am interested in meiosis, spermatogenesis and genetics. My research has focused on the functions of genes in meiosis/spermatogenesis using mutant mice, especially intercellular bridges of germ cells and meiotic recombination/crossing over. More recently, my research is focusing on regulation of transcriptome in male germ cells, and the roles of genes on this mechanism. As a postdoctoral associate at The Jackson Laboratory, I’m focusing on transcriptome of male germ cells and its regulation during meiosis. First, my research has been using normal mice to see how the transcriptome of male germ cell behaves during meiosis. Second, my research is focusing on one of the genes known as a transcription regulator and is using a newly identified mutant. Finally, my research explores novel transcriptional regulators during meiosis. Because transcriptome analysis requires computational analysis, my research collaborates with computational analysts. My ongoing projects are “Transcriptome of germ cells during the first wave of spermatogenesis,” “Investigation of the role of senataxin in meiosis” and “The role of Prdm9 in meiosis.”

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Awards, honors and accomplishments

Bounty for graduate students of Okayama University, title “Genetic and histological analysis of spermatogenesis in repro57”, Okayama University, 2010

Sasakawa research grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (22-426). Title “Genetic and histological analysis of spermatogenesis in repro57” 2009

Asian Pacific Islander Organization (APIO) Scholarship 2006-2008

Dean’s List, University of Hawaii at Manoa 2005