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Shinsuke Niwa, Associate Professor

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Dr. Niwa obtained his PhD in Dr. Nobutaka Hirokawa's lab at the University of Tokyo School of Medicine, where he identified several new kinesin superfamily proteins. He then pursued post-doctoral research in Dr. Kang Shen's lab at Stanford University, investigating the molecular mechanisms of axonal transport using the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans. In 2015, he joined the Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences (FRIS) at Tohoku University, and in 2019, he was promoted to the position of tenured Associate Professor. His research lab focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms of axonal transport by combining molecular genetics and single molecule biophysics. Dr. Niwa's group has made significant contributions to our understanding of how both decreased and increased axonal transport can lead to neurological diseases such as ALS. Dr.Niwa's publication list is here. Outside of his research, Dr. Niwa enjoys fishing.

Recent Publications

Kita et al.(2023) Comparative analysis of two Caenorhabditis elegans kinesins KLP-6 and UNC-104 reveals common and distinct activation mechanisms in kinesin-3 elife 12
Anazawa and Kita et al.(2023) De novo mutations in KIF1A associated neuronal disorder (KAND) dominant negatively inhibit axonal transport of synaptic vesicle precursors Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 119 (32) e2113795119
Nakano, Chiba and Niwa (2022) An ALS-associated KIF5A forms oligomers and aggregates and induces toxicity in neurons. Genes to Cells
Chiba et al.(2019) Disease-associated mutations hyperactivate KIF1A motility and anterograde axonal transport of synaptic vesicle precursors. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 116(37) 18429-18434