An organelle is a specialized compartment within a cell that has a specific function, and is usually enclosed separately within its own lipid bilayer. When cellular activities occur, various materials are transported among organelles. Our aim is to uncover the regulatory mechanism of this material transport and to study organelle biogenesis. We also seek to establish cellular systems that can be useful for the development of medicines and cosmetics. The research in our lab involves an in-depth exposure to the wide range of methodological approaches used in contemporary biology, from fundamental molecular/cellular biological techniques to advanced cellular imaging.
Dr. Ayano Satoh is an Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering in Health Systems and the Faculty of Engineering at the Okayama University, Okayama, Japan. Dr. Satoh obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemistry from Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan. She then received her PhD at the Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences, Ochanomizu University, where she worked on affinity interactions among lipids, glycans and proteins with Dr. Isamu Matsumoto. Before joining the faculty member in Okayama University, she worked with Dr. Graham Warren at Yale University, first as a Postdoc Associate, and then as a Research Scientist. At Yale University, she worked on transport within the Golgi apparatus.