Dr Asami Oguro-Ando
RILD Building Wellcome Wolfson Centre for Me
Dr. Oguro-Ando has been interested in life science since she was a child, especially, how lives play rolls in plasticity to the environment. For her interest, she took the basic science course in my bachelor and studied fundamental physics and biology, before studying for an MSc and PhD in the Molecular chaperone and protein degradation at the University of Tokyo, Health Science and Physiology. As she was finishing my PhD thesis, Neuropsychiatric disorders were fascinating to her that there were many genes characterized and few animal models established, but still, it is unclear. She was exhilarated by the potential for growth in the field and spent four years at Prof. Daniel Geschwind lab (UCLA) in US for her first posdoc, next three years at Prof. Peter Burbach lab (UMC Utrecht) in the Netherlands for her second posdoc to develop her specificities of Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research and joined in University of Exeter medical school in 2016.
- 2016 FENS satellite meeting travel award, Copenhagen, Denmark
- 2010 Keystone Symposia Scholarship award, Utah, USA
- 2009 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories Course Scholarship award, NY, USA
- 2006 Biophysical Society of Japan, 46th Annual Meeting for young researchers, Best Presentation Award, Kobe, Japan
- 2005 Biophysical Society of Japan, 45th Annual Meeting for young researchers, Best Presentation Award, Aichi, Japan
- 2004 International Travel Award, Department of Life Science, University of Tokyo
- 2003 Japanese Society for Biological Sciences in Space, 17th Annual Meeting, Best Presentation Award, Tokyo, Japan
- Ph.D Life Science (University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan)
Asami’s group research aim is to further our understanding of the molecules, cells and circuits that underlie neurodevelopmental disorders affecting mental health including Autism is critical for developing more effective therapies for these disorders.
Genomics data has recently revealed causal relationships between specific genetic variation and risk for neuropsychiatric disease. However, there still remains a missing link tying genetic variation to changes at the molecular, cellular, and systems biology and behavior levels. My goal is to provide this “missing link” by using both high-throughput rodents model methodologies and experimental validation of their predictions in order to clarify how genetic risk factors exert their mechanistic influence on human behavior. My new research group has focused not only on discovering psychiatric disease-related genetic variation, but also on using model systems to uncover the biological mechanisms that underlie these associations.
- Evaluating the behavior and neuronal morphology in Autism associated mouse model