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Assistant Professor, UC Department of PediatricsAssociate Professor, Department of Regenerative Medicine, Yokohama City University, Japan



My Biography & Research


Dr. Takebe is an assistant professor at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His lab is developing and applying mini-organ technologies from human stem cells – namely organ bud transplants – in patients with a rare congenital metabolic disorder, ultimately expanding the clinical applications to diseases like liver cirrhosis. Also, he holds a joint appointment at the Department of Regenerative Medicine, Yokohama City University in Japan, where he directs a translational program of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) based liver bud based approach for congenital liver disorders by developing a cGMP manufacturing platform.

Dr. Takebe successfully administered more than six nationally funded projects, awarded number of prestigious awards such as NYSCF robertson investigator award, and produced high impact peer-reviewed publications from each project. His recent associate professor appointment, at the age 26, was one of the youngest recorded in Japan.

Clinical Interests

Hepatology; transplantation

Research Interests

Organoid; organogenesis; stem cell biology; transplantation; drug development

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Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of PediatricsAssociate Professor, Department of Regenerative Medicine, Yokohama City University, Japan


Gastroenterology GI, Gastroenterology, Developmental Biology

My Education

MD: Yokohama City University, Japan, 2011.

My Publications

De Novo-Designed Near-Infrared Nanoaggregates for Super-Resolution Monitoring of Lysosomes in Cells, in Whole Organoids, and in Vivo. Fang, H; Yao, S; Chen, Q; Liu, C; Cai, Y; Geng, S; Bai, Y; Tian, Z; Zacharias, AL; Takebe, T; et al. ACS Nano. 2019; 13:14426-14436.

The β-catenin/YAP signaling axis is a key regulator of melanoma-associated fibroblasts. Liu, T; Zhou, L; Yang, K; Iwasawa, K; Kadekaro, AL; Takebe, T; Andl, T; Zhang, Y. Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy. 2019; 4.

Modelling human hepato-biliary-pancreatic organogenesis from the foregut–midgut boundary. Koike, H; Iwasawa, K; Ouchi, R; Maezawa, M; Giesbrecht, K; Saiki, N; Ferguson, A; Kimura, M; Thompson, WL; Wells, JM; et al. Nature. 2019; 574:112-116.

Modeling Steatohepatitis in Humans with Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Organoids. Ouchi, R; Togo, S; Kimura, M; Shinozawa, T; Koido, M; Koike, H; Thompson, W; Karns, RA; Mayhew, CN; McGrath, PS; et al. Cell Metabolism. 2019; 30:374-384.e6.

Organoids by design. Takebe, T; Wells, JM. Science. 2019; 364:956-959.

Approach for Communication Design for Motivation to Health Behavior. Iizuka, S; Takebe, T; Nishii, S; Kodaka, A. (2019) Springer International Publishing. 11569 LNCS:425-436.

Defining Lineage-Specific Membrane Fluidity Signatures that Regulate Adhesion Kinetics. Matsuzaki, T; Matsumoto, S; Kasai, T; Yoshizawa, E; Okamoto, S; Yoshikawa, HY; Taniguchi, H; Takebe, T. Stem Cell Reports. 2018; 11:852-860.

Tumoroid a la carte: Path for personalization. Lewis, K; Takebe, T. Hepatology. 2018; 68:1189-1191.

Recapitulation of hepatitis B virus-host interactions in liver organoids from human induced pluripotent stem cells. Nie, Y; Zheng, Y; Miyakawa, K; Murata, S; Zhang, R; Sekine, K; Ueno, Y; Takebe, T; Wakita, T; Ryo, A; et al. EBioMedicine. 2018; 35:114-123.

Optimal Hypoxia Regulates Human iPSC-Derived Liver Bud Differentiation through Intercellular TGFB Signaling. Ayabe, H; Anada, T; Kamoya, T; Sato, T; Kimura, M; Yoshizawa, E; Kikuchi, S; Ueno, Y; Sekine, K; Camp, JG; et al. Stem Cell Reports. 2018; 11:306-316.