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Ohio Eminent Scholar

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Biography & Affiliation

Research Interests

Development and regeneration of the central nervous system (CNS); therapeutic strategies for neurological diseases

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Developmental Biology


PhD: Graduate School of Medical Sciences, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, 1988.

MD: The University of Kanazawa School of Medicine, Japan, 1984.


Developmental dynamics of neurogenesis and gliogenesis in the postnatal mammalian brain in health and disease: Historical and future perspectives. Nakafuku, M; del Aguila, A. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Developmental Biology. 2020; 9.

Physical interactions between Gsx2 and Ascl1 balance progenitor expansion versus neurogenesis in the mouse lateral ganglionic eminence. Roychoudhury, K; Salomone, J; Qin, S; Cain, B; Adam, M; Pottert, SS; Nakafuku, M; Gebelein, B; Campbell, K. Development (Cambridge). 2020; 147:dev185348-dev185348.

Gsx transcription factors control neuronal versus glial specification in ventricular zone progenitors of the mouse lateral ganglionic eminence. Chapman, H; Riesenberg, A; Ehrman, LA; Kohli, V; Nardini, D; Nakafuku, M; Campbell, K; Waclaw, RR. Developmental Biology. 2018; 442:115-126.

Characterization of a new Gsx2-cre line in the developing mouse telencephalon. Qin, S; Madhavan, M; Waclaw, RR; Nakafuku, M; Campbell, K. Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development. 2016; 54:542-549.

Neurogenesis in the Developing and Adult Brain-Similarities and Key Differences. Goetz, M; Nakafuku, M; Petrik, D. In: Gage F; Kempermann G; Song H, Ed. Neurogenesis. New York: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; 2016.

Transgenic expression of the proneural transcription factor Ascl1 in Muller glia stimulates retinal regeneration in young mice. Ueki, Y; Wilken, MS; Cox, KE; Chipman, L; Jorstad, N; Sternhagen, K; Simic, M; Ullom, K; Nakafuku, M; Reh, TA. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA. 2015; 112:13717-13722.

In vivo reprogramming for brain and spinal cord repair. Chen, G; Wernig, M; Berninger, B; Nakafuku, M; Parmar, M; Zhang, CL. eNeuro. 2015; 2:ENEURO.0106-15.2015.