A photo of Yuya Ogawa.

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Biography & Affiliation

Research Interests

In mammalian females, one of the two X-chromosomes is silenced to correct the imbalance of X-linked gene dosage between males (Xy) and females (XX). This chromosome-wide gene silencing is induced by a long noncoding RNA, Xist RNA.

The laboratory is interested in the mechanisms of: (1) how the chromosome-wide silencing is induced by Xist RNA and (2) how the long-range silencing is maintained and organized. Their long-term goal is to understand how noncoding RNAs impact gene regulation and development in animals.

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Reproductive Sciences


BS: Molecular Biology, Nagoya University, Japan, 1992.

MS: Molecular Biology, Nagoya University, Japan, 1994.

PhD: Biology, Osaka University, Japan, 1998.


The uterine epithelial loss of Pten is inefficient to induce endometrial cancer with intact stromal Pten. Liang, X; Daikoku, T; Terakawa, J; Ogawa, Y; Joshi, AR; Ellenson, LH; Sun, X; Dey, SK. PLoS Genetics. 2018; 14.

CRISPR/Cas9-mediated modulation of splicing efficiency reveals short splicing isoform of Xist RNA is sufficient to induce X-chromosome inactivation. Yue, M; Ogawa, Y. Nucleic Acids Research. 2018; 46.

N6-methyladenosine RNA modification regulates embryonic neural stem cell self-renewal through histone modifications. Wang, Y; Li, Y; Yue, M; Wang, J; Kumar, S; Wechsler-Reya, RJ; Zhang, Z; Ogawa, Y; Kellis, M; Duester, G; et al. Nature Neuroscience. 2018; 21:195-206.

Xist RNA repeat E is essential for ASH2L recruitment to the inactive X and regulates histone modifications and escape gene expression. Yue, M; Ogawa, A; Yamada, N; Richard, JL C; Barski, A; Ogawa, Y. PLoS Genetics. 2017; 13.