Takahiro Ito, PhD

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Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Georgia
Research Program
Cell and Molecular Biology


Takahiro Ito, PhD is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia. Dr. Ito is a member of the Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.


Dr. Ito received his PhD and MSc from The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Tokyo, Japan. He completed his postdoctoral training at University of California San Diego, Department of Pharmacology in La Jolla, California, and Duke University Medical Center, Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology in Durham, North Carolina


The goal of Dr. Ito's research is to understand the mechanism and regulation of cell fate decision in stem cells and cancer. Through combined approaches of biochemistry and genetics in both unicellular (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and multicellular (Mus musculus) organisms, he has studied eukaryotic transcription regulation by RNA polymerase II. His research has revealed indispensable roles of transcript elongation in eukaryotic gene regulation. His experiences in generating and analyzing genetically modified mouse strains provide an opportunity to work on vertebrate embryonic and adult tissue stem cells.


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