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Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Biography & Affiliation

Research Interests

Germ/stem cell biology; RNA systems biology in the maintenance of spermatogonial stem cells

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Reproductive Sciences, Human Genetics


BS: Osaka Prefecture University, Japan, 2002.

MS: Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, 2004.

PhD: Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, 2008.


Transcriptional down-regulation of metabolic genes by Gdown1 ablation induces quiescent cell re-entry into the cell cycle. Jishage, M; Ito, K; Chu, C; Wang, X; Yamaji, M; Roeder, RG. Genes and Development. 2020; 34:767-784.

DND1 maintains germline stem cells via recruitment of the CCR4-NOT complex to target mRNAs. Yamaji, M; Jishage, M; Meyer, C; Suryawanshi, H; Der, E; Yamaji, M; Garzia, A; Morozov, P; Manickavel, S; Mcfarland, HL; et al. Nature: New biology. 2017; 543:568-572.

Global Landscape and Regulatory Principles of DNA Methylation Reprogramming for Germ Cell Specification by Mouse Pluripotent Stem Cells. Shirane, K; Kurimoto, K; Yabuta, Y; Yamaji, M; Satoh, J; Ito, S; Watanabe, A; Hayashi, K; Saitou, M; Sasaki, H. Developmental Cell. 2016; 39:87-103.