Keynote Address


Introduction by:
Naoki Nakayama, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor
Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
Hiromitsu Nakauchi, M.D., Ph.D.,
Professor of Genetics, Stem Cell
Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Stanford University
“Exploiting the developmental organ niche for interspecies organogenesis”

Hiromitsu Nakauchi, M.D., Ph.D., professor of genetics joined the faculty at Stanford University in February 2014.  After earning a medical degree from Yokohama City University School of Medicine and a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine, he came to Stanford as a postdoctoral scholar in the laboratory of the late Professor Leonard Herzenberg.  While at Stanford, he isolated CD8 genes that encode critically important molecules for immune cells to recognize virus infection or cancer cells.

After returning to Japan, he started working on hematopoietic stem cells in his laboratory at RIKEN Life Science Research Center. In 1994, he became a full Professor of Immunology at the University of Tsukuba where he demonstrated that a single hematopoietic stem cell could reconstitute the entire hematopoietic system, definitive experimental proof for “stemness”, the essential characteristic of a stem cell that distinguishes it from ordinary cells.

Since April 2002, he has been a Professor of Stem Cell Therapy in the Institute of Medical Science at The University of Tokyo (IMSUT). In 2008, he was appointed Director of the newly established Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at IMSUT. 

He returned to Stanford University to continue his stem cell research at the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Goals of his work are to translate discoveries in basic research into practical medical applications.