Navigation Links
U-M's Yamashita named Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator
Date:5/8/2013

ANN ARBORYukiko Yamashita of the University of Michigan's Life Sciences Institute is one of 27 biomedical researchers named today as Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.

HHMI provides flexible support on renewable five-year appointments to allow scientists to move their research in creative new directions. This year, 1,155 applicants applied to be investigators. Those selected represent 19 institutions from across the United States. Yamashita joins five other current U-M faculty membersincluding one from LSIon the list of HHMI investigators.

A central question fascinates Yamashita: When stem cells divide, what determines which daughter cell will remain a stem cell and which will differentiate into another tissue type?

Maintaining a balance between stem and differentiating cell populations during so-called asymmetrical cell division is critical because an excess of stem cells can lead to cancerous tumor growth, whereas too many differentiated cells can deplete the stem cell pool and reduce the capacity for tissue regeneration.

"I'm looking forward to designing and carrying out experiments that may yield new examples of asymmetrical stem cell division and perhaps finding unexpected links between those divisions and biological process," Yamashita said.

HHMI provides support for approximately 330 Hughes investigators and members of their research teams. Of the current investigators, 164 are members of the National Academy of Sciences and 15 are Nobel laureates.

"HHMI has a very simple mission," said HHMI President Robert Tjian. "We find the best original-thinking scientists and give them the resources to follow their instincts in discovering basic biological processes that may one day lead to better medical outcomes. This is a very talented group of scientists. And while we cannot predict where their research will take them, we're eager to help them move science forward."

Researchers with five to 15 years of experience as faculty members are eligible to apply to the investigator program. HHMI investigators receive salary, benefits, a research budget and funding for other expenses, including research space and the purchase of critical equipment. Investigator appointments may be renewed for additional five-year terms, contingent on a scientific review.

"When it comes to research, HHMI takes the long view," said Jack Dixon, vice president and chief scientific officer of HHMI and former director of the Life Sciences Institute at U-M. "You have to have that in basic research because you have no way of knowing if someone's research is going to be transformative 15 to 20 years down the line. We pick the best people we can find and then provide long-term, stable support so they can act quickly on their best research ideas."

During fiscal year 2012, HHMI made disbursements of $919 million, including $800 million for biomedical research and $119 million in grants to support science education and international science. The institute's endowment at the close of fiscal year 2012 stood at about $16.1 billion. HHMI's headquarters is in Chevy Chase, Md., just outside Washington, D.C.

Other HHMI investigators at U-M are James Bardwell, Arul Chinnaiyan, John Moran, Mercedes Pascual and the LSI's David Ginsburg. U-M's Ming Lei is an HHMI "early career scientist."

Yamashita is a faculty member of the Life Sciences Institute's Center for Stem Cell Biology, where her laboratory is located and all her research is conducted. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and the Cellular and Molecular Biology Program at the U-M Medical School.


'/>"/>

Contact: Laura J. Williams
laurajw@umich.edu
734-615-4862
University of Michigan
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Edith Mitchell, M.D., FACP, named 2012 recipient of ASCO Humanitarian Award
2. Dr. William Oh named 2012 Legend of Neonatology
3. UCSC physicist Alexander Sher named Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences
4. Old Bridge Sleep Center Named to Best of 2012 List
5. UMMS researcher Victor Ambros, Ph.D., named co-recipient of 2012 Janssen Award for Biomedical Research
6. Pittsburgh Cardiologist Named Physician of the Year by Pulmonary Hypertension Association
7. IVR Technology Group Named Platimum VAR by TSYS
8. New coral reef crustacean described and named after late reggae performer Bob Marley
9. UT Southwestern named the official health care team of the Dallas Stars
10. IHME professor named first health measurement winner of prestigious innovation award
11. College biology faculty named Leadership Fellows
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... , ... Digital Scientists, a software innovation lab specializing in web design and ... South Carolina location. The lab has set up shop at the renowned NEXT ... South Carolina clients for years from our office here in Atlanta,” explains Digital Scientists’ ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... Lake Orion, MI (PRWEB) , ... March 24, ... ... providing insurance assistance, financial planning, and related services to families and business owners ... charity initiative aimed at feeding regional families struggling with financial difficulties. , The ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... Oakland, CA (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 ... ... present on two panels at the Advanced ERISA Benefit Claims Litigation seminar in ... and Creating the Administrative Record, The majority of cases litigated under ERISA involve ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... Judy Buchanan, co-owner of Serenity Natural ... Judy says, “I am passionate about sharing Reiki as a holistic, complementary therapy ... challenging time.” , A Certified Medical Reiki™ Master trained by Raven Keys Medical ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... ... “The Adventures of Joey, The Dog Who Barks at Puddles”: a boisterous ... the fullest, as God intended. “The Adventures of Joey, The Dog Who Barks at ... her passion for writing, especially about truth and human behavior. , Published by Christian ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... 2017  Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: PVCT, ... oncology and dermatology biopharmaceutical company, today disclosed terms ... Sheet (the "Definitive Financing") it entered into on ... stockholders, who are referred to in the Definitive ... filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.   ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , Mar 23, 2017 Research and Markets ... & Trends - Industry Forecast to 2025" report to their ... The ... around 6.9% over the next decade to reach approximately $3.5 billion ... and forecasts for all the given segments on global as well ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global ... Repair Procedure By Technique, By Region, By Country (2016-2021)" report ... ... a CAGR of 13.35% during 2016-2021 The strong growth ... in population with heart disease and rising advances in minimally invasive ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: