Takashi Ito

Dr. Ito recieved his M.D. (1984) and Ph.D. (1990) from Kyushu University, Japan. After his postdoctoral training at UC Berkely, he joined the Human Genome Center at the University of Tokyo as an assistant professor in 1992. Dr. Ito was promoted to be a professor in the Cancer Research Institure at Kanazawa University in 1999. He moved to the Department of Computational Biology (2003) and the Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry (2009) at the University of Tokyo. Dr. Ito performed a first comprehensive two-hybrid analysis of the yeast proteome as a pioneer of interactomics. Another significant contribution of his group is a large-scale full-length cDNA analysis that revealed unexpected complexity of the yeast transcriptome. He has also been interested in epigenomics to develop unique methods for hunting imprinted genes, allelic methylation analysis, one-hybrid screening for methylated DNA-binding proteins as well as highly efficient whole-genome bisulfite sequencing.