Life Science Center for Survival Dynamics, Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance (TARA)

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  • With sincere gratitude to Prof. Dr. Kazuo Murakami (1936-2021)

    We regret to announce that Professor Emeritus Kazuo Murakami, the first Director of the Center for Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance (TARA Center), passed away on April 13, 2021.

    Dr. Kazuo Murakami was a leading expert in research on renin-angiotensin, which is involved in the pathogenesis of hypertension. He purified renin, analyzed the structure of human renin, and produced and analyzed genetically modified mice. He was awarded the Japan Academy Prize for his research on “Biochemical and Molecular Biological Studies of Renin-angiotensin System (Joint Research)” in 1996. He was also awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, in 2011.

    As the first Director of the TARA Center, he made a great contribution to the development of interdisciplinary scientific research at the University of Tsukuba.

    We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Prof. Dr. Kazuo Murakami and pray that his soul may rest in peace.

    Life Science Center for Survival Dynamics, Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance (TARA Center)

  • Research highlight [Nomura ERATO project, Dec 9, 2019]

    The article “Polyfunctional Nanofibril Appendages Mediate Attachment, Filamentation, and Filament Adaptability in Leptothrix cholodnii.” was published in ACS Nano at DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b04663.

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  • Research highlight [Shibuya project, Dec 7, 2019]

    The article “Clec10a regulates mite-induced dermatitis.” was published in Science Immunology at DOI: 10.1126/sciimmunol.aax6908.

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  • Research highlight [Shibuya project, Dec 4, 2019]

    The article “Type 1 Innate Lymphoid Cells Protect Mice from Acute Liver Injury via Interferon-γ Secretion for Upregulating Bcl-xL Expression in Hepatocytes.” was published in Immunity at DOI: 10.1016/j.immuni.2019.11.004.

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  • Research highlight [Nov 8, 2019]

    The article “Disruption of the mouse Shmt2 gene confers embryonic anaemia via foetal liver-specific metabolomic disorders.” was published in Scientific Reports at DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-52372-6.

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  • TARA Seminar [November 5, 2019]

    Date: tuesday, November 5, 2019
    Time: 16:30 – 17:30
    Venue: Seminar room, Building A, TARA Center
    Speaker: Takayuki Kuraishi, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, Institute of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences, Kanazawa University)
    Subject: Sterile induction of innate immunity in Drosophila larvae
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  • TARA Seminar [September 20, 2019]

    Date: Friday, September 20, 2019
    Time: 16:00 – 17:15
    Venue: Seminar room, Building A, TARA Center
    Speaker: Rita C. Tostes, Ph.D., FAHA (Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Ribeirao Preto Medical School, University of Sao Paulo, The Federative Republic of Brazil)
    Subject: The impact of testosterone in the cardiovascular system: still a controversial topic
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  • TARA Seminar [September 19, 2019]

    Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
    Time: 15:00 – 16:30
    Venue: Seminar room, Building A, TARA Center
    Speaker: Dr. Jonathan G. Heddle (Bionanoscience and Biochemistry Laboratory, Malopolska Center of Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, The Republic of Poland)
    Subject: Synthetic Structural Biology: Building Bespoke Protein and DNA Nanostructures
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  • TARA Seminar [September 9, 2019]

    Date: Monday, September 9, 2019
    Time: 17:00 – 18:00
    Venue: Seminar room, Building A, TARA Center
    Speaker: Dr. Robert Passier (Department Chair, Professor Applied Stem Cell Technologies University of Twente, The Netherlands)
    Subject: Advanced human stem cell-based models for mimicking cardiovascular disease. Towards personalized medicine.
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  • TARA Seminar [August 26, 2019]

    Date: Monday, August 26, 2019
    Venue: Seminar room, Building A, TARA Center

    Time: 16:30 – 17:15
    Speaker: Dr. Yukako Nishimura (Mechanobiology Inst., National University of Singapore)
    Subject: A mechano-signalling network for integrin-based adhesions
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    Time: 17:15 – 18:00
    Speaker: Dr. Fumio Motegi (Mechanobiology Inst.,National University of Singapore. Temasek Lifesciences Lab.)
    Subject: Mechanical control of symmetry breaking in zygotes
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  • With sincere gratitude to Prof. Dr. Kazuo Murakami (1936-2021)

    We regret to announce that Professor Emeritus Kazuo Murakami, the first Director of the Center for Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance (TARA Center), passed away on April 13, 2021.

    Dr. Kazuo Murakami was a leading expert in research on renin-angiotensin, which is involved in the pathogenesis of hypertension. He purified renin, analyzed the structure of human renin, and produced and analyzed genetically modified mice. He was awarded the Japan Academy Prize for his research on “Biochemical and Molecular Biological Studies of Renin-angiotensin System (Joint Research)” in 1996. He was also awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, in 2011.

    As the first Director of the TARA Center, he made a great contribution to the development of interdisciplinary scientific research at the University of Tsukuba.

    We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Prof. Dr. Kazuo Murakami and pray that his soul may rest in peace.

    Life Science Center for Survival Dynamics, Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance (TARA Center)

  • Notification of reorganization of TARA Center

    In April 1st 2018, the center was reorganized and renamed as the Life Science Center for Survival Dynamics, Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance (TARA).

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Life Science Center for Survival Dynamics
Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance (TARA)

1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577 Japan
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