Inoue Lab @ Johns Hopkins Medical Institute

Lab News: a timeline

  • The lab held an Idea Fest, with four teams giving "chalk talks" on their own unique scientific ideas. [Photos].

  • Welcome to Shiro Suetsugu, who is again spending a month visiting our laboratory.

  • Takanari is part of a video promoting the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine! [Link].

  • Welcome to Soei Watari, a visiting graduate student from Tottori University.

  • Takanari has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Congratulations Takanari!

  • Abhi received the Paul Ehrlich Research Award at the 2024 Young Investigators Day ceremony. Abhi has also accepted an Assistant Professor position at the Medical School of the University of Connecticut. Congratulations to Abhi! [Photo].

  • Lab members took part in viewing the solar eclipse. [Photos].

  • Welcome to Takeshi Yoshikawa, a visiting graduate student from the University of Tokyo.

  • Aki's paper has just been published in Nature Communications. PDF

  • The lab took part in the Department of Cell Biology's annual Holiday Party. Karaoke was a highlight of the event. [Photos].

  • Congratulations to Cristian on receiving a 2023 Lewis Travel Award!

  • The lab had lunch at 16 On The Green to welcome two new lab members: Eduardo Gonzalez, a rotation student, and Nhung Nguyen, a postdoc. [Photos].

  • The annual BCMB Retreat was held November 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa, and Marina. Willow, Cristian, and Jose all gave talks. [Photos].

  • Cristian competed as part of the JHU graduate student softball team in the Baltimore co-ed softball league. Although they lost in the semi-final game 10-9, Cristian hit a home run during the game. [Photos].

  • Willlow and Saki celebrated their Graduate Coating Ceremony, which "honors Ph.D. candidates who have passed their qualifying exams, transitioning from a Ph.D. student to a Ph.D. candidate." [Photos].

  • Congratulations to Cindy, who has received the PURA award for undergraduate research!

  • The lab had lunch at 16 On the Park to welcome Hiroshi Otani, a visiting graduate student from Hiroshima University, to our lab.[Photos].

  • Congratulations to Takanari on receiving the 2024 Carolyn Cohen Innovation Award from the Biophysical Society!

  • Congratulations to Yuta, who has been appointed an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University.

  • The lab held our semi-annual Idea Fest today, presenting original science-related ideas and enjoying lunch. [Photos].

  • Lab members took a break and went to a baseball game to see the Baltimore Orioles beat the LA Angels. [Photo].

  • Congratulations to Takanari, who has been named Director of the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) Graduate Program!

  • Congratulations to Yuta, who has received the Paul Ehrlich award from the Johns Hopkins University's Young Investigators Day Program.

  • Congratulations to Abhi on receiving an American Heart Association postdoctoral fellowship.

  • Congratulations to Willow on passing her Qualifying Exam!

  • Congratulations to Jose and Cristian, who won 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in the poster competition at the JHU Diversity Symposium!

  • Congratulations to Saki on receiving the prestigious Quad Fellowship, which is a joint program by the governments of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States.

  • Lab members attending the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. had a chance to meet with one of our collaborators, Prof. Carsten Janke of the Institut Curie in France. They shared lunch at Daikaya [Photo] and coffee at La Colombe Cafe [Photo].

  • The lab had lunch at Kajiken to celebrate several recent events: Saki's passing her Qualifying Exam, Abhi's publication in the Journal of Cell Biology and Satoshi and Yuta's Nature Communications paper, and Takanari's selection as a Fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). [Photo].

  • Congratulations to Abhi on his recent publication in the Journal of Cell Biology [Link].

  • Congratulations to Yuta on receiving an American Heart Association postdoctoral fellowship.

  • Congratulations to Helen on her successful Ph.D. defense [Photos].

  • Congratulations to Cristian and Jose on passing their Qualifying Exams!

  • The lab held a lunch at Kabobi to congratulate Jose Catala Torres for successfully completing his rotation in the Inoue Lab as a BCMB graduate student, as well as welcome new lab members Cristian Saez Gonzales (BCMB graduate student) and Farid Shahid (undergraduate student). The Inoue lab also welcomes Jose as a new member.

  • The lab held a welcome lunch at Kippo restaurant to welcome new lab members: Renee Pepper (postdoctoral fellow), John Mack (rotation student), and Jonathan Hung and Tony Yao (undergraduates) [Photo].

  • Congratulations to Helen, who has received two prestigious awards: A Travel Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), and a Michael A. Shanoff Award from Johns Hopkins University's Young Investigators Day Committee.

  • The Inoue lab welcomes Satoshi Watanabe, who joined our lab as a postdoc!

  • The lab had lunch to welcome Kayano Izumi, a visiting graduate student from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology [Photo].

  • The lab held a going-away lunch for postdoc Hideki and graduate student Allen [Photos].

  • Congratulations to Allen on his successful Ph.D. defense [Photos]!

  • The lab held a farewell party for Jack and Daqi [Photos].

  • The Inoue lab held a joint retreat with Dr. Shigeki Watanabe's lab at the Manidokan Camp and Retreat Center near historic Harpers Ferry. Both labs enjoyed robust scientific discussion as well as traditional camp activities [Photos].

  • The Inoue lab now has a Twitter account! Follow us here.

  • Congratulations to Hideki for receiving the 2018 Lewis Travel Award by the Cell Biology Department!

  • The Inoue lab got together for a picnic at Gunpowder Falls State Park [Photos].

    Congratulations to Kester for receiving the 2018 Isaac Morris Hay and Lucille Elizabeth Hay Graduate Fellowship from the Cell Biology Department!

  • Congratulations to Hideaki for receiving both the best poster prize and a travel award at the FASEB 2018 SRC, Phospholipids: Dynamic Lipid Signaling in Health and Disease conference in Colorado!

  • Inoue lab got together for lunch at Dooby's to welcome Kouichi as a summer visiting scientist [Photos].

  • Takanari hooded the newly-minted PhD graduates of the Inoue lab: Drs. Suarez, Niu, and Razavi at the School of Medicine Convocation ceremony held in Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall [Photos].

  • Takanari is promoted to full professorship! Congratulations Professor Inoue!

    Takanari and Yuta's editoral and review articles on primary cilia are out and featured on the cover of the Japanese journal of Experimental Medicine [Link].

    Thanks to our first industry sponsor, Nitto of Japan, for their generous gift to support the Inoue lab's research efforts.

  • Our most recent Ph.D., Shiva Razavi, was interviewed by the Johns Hopkins Medicine newsletter as part of National Women's History Month [Link].

  • Congratulations to Shiva for successfully defending her Ph.D. [Photos]!

  • Congratulations to Hideki for receiving the prestigious W. Barry Wood Jr. Award by the 2018 Young Investigator's Day committee and for his work to be selected for an oral presentation on April 17!

  • Jackie successfully defended her doctoral dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Niu [Photos]!

  • Congratulations to Takanari for the honorable recognition as an outstanding finalist of the President's Frontier Award and receiving the presidential monetary gift to further his research in synthetic cell biology. The President's Frontier Award is presented to one faculty member at Johns Hopkins who is poised to make breakthrough in his/her field. More on this story here.

  • The Inoue lab welcomes Abhi Deb Roy, who joined our lab as a postdoc!

  • Allister successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation today. Congratulations Dr. Suarez! [Photos]

  • Congratulations to Jack for receiving the prestigious Provost's Undergraduate Research Award designated to support his research in Spring 2018!

  • Congratulations to Hideki and Albert L. for the exciting, multi-disciplinary work on hydrogel formation in living cells published in Nature Materials today. You can read the news coverage of this work in Johns Hopkins HUB. The publication is titled: "Intracellular production of hydrogels and synthetic RNA granules by multivalent molecular interactions" [PDF].

  • The Inoue lab welcomes our new lab members: Yuta Nihongaki, who joined our lab as a postdoc, McKinzie Garrison, as a BCMB rotation student, and Robert Li as a BME undergraduate student researcher. We also bid Siew Cheng farewell. The lab got together for Karate and lunch to mark the occasions [Photos!].

  • Congratulations to Takanari for receiving the Hamilton Smith Award for Innovative Research!

  • Siew Cheng defended her PhD thesis today. Congratulations Dr. Phua!

  • Congratulations to Siew Cheng for receiving the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award!

  • Congratulations to Siew Cheng for the new publication titled: "Dynamic Remodeling of Membrane Composition Drives Cell Cycles through Primary Cilia Excision" published in Cell [Link].

  • Congratulations to Shiva for being named a Siebel Scholar!

  • Congratulations to Takanari for receiving the 2016 Mirowski Discovery Award!

  • Congratulations to Siew Cheng for receiving the Lewis Travel Award!

  • Congratulations to Shiva for being awarded the Isaac Morris and Lucille Elizabeth Hay Graduate Fellowship!

  • We bid Yoav farewell and wish him the best of luck with his senior year at high school. We had a party to mark the occasion [Photos]. We will miss you Yoav!

  • The Cell Biology Department celebrated summer by holding a picnic in WBSB courtyard [Photos].

  • The Inoue lab held the semi-annual idea contest and lab party [Photos].

  • Our lab had much fun participating in the BME Field Day on the Homewood Campus [Photos].

  • Lab party to honor Emily's last day in the lab and to congratulate her for starting a new chapter as a BME PhD student here at Hopkins [Photos]!

  • The Inoue lab welcomes Hideaki Matsubayashi, who recently joined our lab as a postdoc. Lab lunch at Mekong Delta to celebrate the occasion [Photos].

  • Helen successfully passed her Doctoral Board Exam! Congratulations on your PhD candidacy Helen!

    Albert Yang, an undergraduate student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program, has joined our lab! Welcome Albert!

  • Congratulations to Siew Cheng for receiving the prestigious Young Investigator's Day Hans J. Prochaska Award!

  • Congratulations to Allen for successfully passing his Doctoral Board Exam!

    Congratulations to Allen for his review article "Toward total synthesis of cell function: Reconstituting cell dynamics with synthetic biology" featured on the cover of Science Signaling [Link] [PDF].

    Our very own Jack is featured on ABC2 Local News for his volunteer work for BootUp Baltimore, giving old computers a new purpose for the betterment of our local Baltimore community [Link]!

  • Sarah Thompson, a MD-PhD student started rotation in our lab in Fall 2015. Great to have you here Sarah!

    Kester passed his Graduate Board Oral exam! Congratulations on your PhD candidacy Kester!

    The Ewald, Inoue, and Li lab from the Center for Cell Dynamics welcomed the Holiday season by hosting a tri-lab party [Photos].

    Zi-Yi Choo, a biomedical engineering freshman has joined our research team, welcome Zi-Yi!

    Shiva received the Cell Biology Lewis Travel Award for her talk at the 2015 ASCB conference in San Diego. Congratulations!

  • Illustration of one of our lab research projects in collaboration with Kai-ou Tang, a student of Dr. Sandra Gabelli in the 'Business Practices in Molecular Arts' course: this graphic work is based on the recent publication, “Compartmentalized AMPK Signaling Illuminated by Genetically Encoded Molecular Sensors and Actuators” (Miyamoto, 2015). Here, the compartmentalization of AMPK Signaling is personified by transforming robots, whose form and function depend on the cell organelle at which they reside. The illustrator, Kai-ou Tang, is a graduate student in the Johns Hopkins Department of Arts as Applied to Medicine.

  • Inoue lab got together at RedZone for the bi-annual idea contest party and to celebrate Elmer's birthday who just joined our lab as a BME M.S. student. Welcome Elmer [Photos]!

  • Peter Kalugin left our lab for Oxford University where he will be pursuing a M.S. course as a Rhodes Scholar! Best of luck Peter and you will be missed here.

  • Kester Coutinho and Helen Wu from the BCMB and BME programs respectively, joined our lab as PhD students. Inoue lab welcomes you both!

  • Inoue lab got together at Earth Trek Timonium for rock climbing and various group activities [Photos].

  • Takanari is featured in the American Association of Anatomists 2014 Year in Review [more].

  • Siew Cheng's review paper titled 'An intelligent nano-antenna: Primary cilium harnesses TRP channels to decode polymodal stimuli' was accepted for publication in Cell Calcium.

  • Celebration in the Inoue lab is forthcoming:

    Emily received the Provost's Undergraduate Research Award (PURA). Congratulations Emily!

    Kester Coutinho, a 2nd year BCMB PhD student, joined our lab. Welcome Kester!

    Fumi and Elmer's research performed in collaboration with Drs. Tasuku Ueno, Hiroshi Tokumitsu, and Jin Zhang's labs titled "Compartmentalized AMPK Signaling Illuminated by Genetically Encoded Molecular Sensors and Actuators" was accepted for publication in Cell Reports.

    Shiva received the NSF-JSPS summer research fellowship.

  • Ben's paper titled "Interplay between chemotaxis and contact inhibition of locomotion determines exploratory cell migration" has been accepted for publication in Nature Communications [PDF].

  • The Inoue lab got together for Frank's farewell party and the semi-annual idea contest [Photos].

  • Our dear colleague, friend, and mentor, Dr. David Yue, passed away on Dec 23, 2014. We share our deepest condolences with the Yue family and the scientific community. Please visit here to walk down memory lane and get a glimpse of the legacy Dr. Yue left behind.

  • Peter Kalugin, a senior undergraduate student in the Inoue lab, has been selected as one of the 32 American college students to receive the highly prestigious Rhodes Scholarship this year. Please check out the Johns Hopkins University announcement and the local CBS news coverage of the story. We are extremely proud, Peter. Many congratulations!

  • Helen Wu, a first year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering, has started a rotation in the Inoue lab. The lab had lunch at the Technology Park to welcome Helen [Photos]!

  • The Inoue lab welcomes Allen Kim and Budri Abubaker-Sharif. Allen joined the lab as a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering and Budri is doing a rotation as a MD-PhD student. Lab Lunch at Ten Ten Ramen to celebrate the occasion [Photos].

  • Lab Lunch at Ten Ten Ramen to celebrate recent publications by Allison and Shiva [Photos].

  • New Publication: Toru's paper on the DISplay technique used to turn inert cells into phagocytic ones, capable of eating apoptotic cells, is published in Science Signaling [PDF][Link].

    Sep. 2014 update: read Takanari's interview with the Medical News regarding this work.

  • New Publication: Shiva's paper on cascading synthetic negating Boolean logic gates to the Rac signaling pathway is now out in ACS Synthetic Biology [PDF] [Link].

  • Congratulations to:

    Allison for being awarded the Hay Graduate Fellowship, established to support two outstanding pre-doctoral students doing research in the field of cell biology.

    Peter who received the Provost's Undergraduate Research Award (PURA), intended to support students in conducting undergraduate research.

  • New publication: Allison's paper is out in Scientific Reports [PDF][Link].

  • Lab Karate outing to welcome Hideki and his family [Photos and video clips].

    Takanari has been awarded The Young Scientists' Prize, Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minster of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology in Japan. Congratulations!

    Our collaboration work with Dr. Kobayashi and Dr. Dynlacht has been published [PDF].

  • Hideki Nakamura has joined our lab as a new postdoc. Welcome!

  • Frank has accepted an assistant professorship position at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. Congratulations!

  • Takanari is selected as the principal investigator of National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Silvio O. Conte Digestive Disease Research Core Center Pilot Project. Congratulations!

    Takanari is one of the four organizers (Jin-Der Wen, Robert Campbell, and Chiafu Chou) of the 2015 Biophysical Society Thematic Meeting in Taiwan.

  • Shiva successfully passed her Doctoral Board Oral. Congratulations!

  • Lab party at Takanari's house [Photos]

    Celebration of Takanari's promotion [Photos]