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Hiroyuki Sorimachi was born in Yokohama and started working on calpains in 1988 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science (Rinshoken) under the supervision of late Prof. Koichi Suzuki, after receiving his BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Tokyo. In 1992, he moved to the University of Tokyo as a Prof. Suzuki’s assistant professor, and obtained his PhD at the same University. He continued studying calpains, and in 1997 moved to the Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Tokyo as an associate professor. In 2004, he returned to Rinshoken, which has been reorganized to Igakuken since 2011, as a project leader of Calpain Project. His research interests include biochemistry and genetics of all kinds of calpains
Hiroshi Mamitsuka was born in a small port town near Tokyo, Japan. He obtained his BSc in Biophysics and Biochemistry from the University of Tokyo, while his PhD degree was in Information Sciences from the same university. He joined Kyoto University after working on research in machine learning and data mining with NEC Research Laboratories for more than 10 years. Currently he is a professor at the Bioinformatics Center at the Institute for Chemical Research of Kyoto University and jointly appointed at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the same university. His research interest is in machine learning and data mining over graphs, particularly biological networks, and is now extended to machine learningbased systems biology.
Yasuko Ono obtained her PhD in Protein Science from the University of Tokyo in 1999. She then explored the research area focusing on muscle-specific calpain (at the University of Tokyo) and other muscle regulatory proteins (at the University of Arizona, USA) as a post-doctoral fellow supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). Since 2004, she has been a researcher in Calpain Project organized by Dr. Hiroyuki Sorimachi in Rinshoken, which is now known as Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science (Igakuken). Her research interests include biochemistry and genetics of muscle-specific calpain and PalB-type calpain, and the creation of analytical tools for calpains.
Published in Print: 2012-09-01