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Hanako Tsushima

Post Doc
Post-doctoral research fellow

Research Line

Genetics and Epigenetics of Behavior


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
+39 010 2896 509
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Date and place of birth : 11th May 1979, Tokyo, Japan

Nationality: Japanese

Nov 2018-present: Post-doctoral fellow in the research group of Valter Tucci, Genetics and Epigenetics of Behavior, GEB laboratory, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy.



2002-2008: Ph.D from the Open University, UK, carried out in the laboratory of Prof. Peir Paolo Di Fiore, The European Institute of Oncology (IFOM-IEO), Milan, ItalyTitle of the PhD thesis: "A Study of the interactors of Eps15 Homology (EH) domain and the role of the EH network in the model system of Caenorhabditis elegans."

1998-2002: B.Sc 2:1 Hon.,Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University College London, University of London, UK.

1996-1998: International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma from the United Wolrd College of South East Asia, Singapore.



2015-2018: Medical writer at Newron Pharmaceuticals, Milan, Italy and as a private consultant in scientific editing work

2009-2014: Post-doctoral fellow in the research group of Dr. Evelina Chieregatti, Dept. Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

2008-2009: Post-doctoral fellow hosted in the laboratory of Dr. Carlo Sala, Institute of Neuroscience, CNR, Milan, Italy

2002: BSc thesis in the laboratories of Dr. Anne Ridley and of Dr. Rainer Cramer, Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK. Project on identification of the phosphorylation of RhoE by ROCK using peptide mass finger printing with MALDI-ToF.

2000-2001: Industrial placement under the supervision of Dr. Klaus Schneider at the Department of Computational and Structural Sciences, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, Harlow, UK.



Current projects:

  1. Investigation on the evolutionary variants of an imprinted gene, Nuclear-Pore-complex-Associated Protein 1 within Prader-Willi Syndrome locus.
  2. CTNNB1 syndrome: Identification of molecular target modified in the mouse model of CTNNB1 syndrome


Past project:

1. The effect of soluble beta-amyloid peptide (Aβ) on the cytoskeletal dynamics and polarity of cultured hippocampal neurons.

2. Study on the interactors of Amyloid-Precusor Proteins in the endosomal fractions.



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