Kyoko Miura

Associate Professor,Priority Organization for Innovation and Excellence, Kumamoto University*Profile is at the time of the award.

2020Inamori Research GrantsBiology & Life sciences

Research topics
Elucidation of the roles of species-specific, highly expressed genes in the longest-lived rodent, the naked mole rat
The Naked mole-rat (NMR, Deba) is the longest-lived rodent (average life span 28 years) and has remarkable aging- and cancer-resistance characteristics, although it is similar in size to the mouse. We have established the only breeding facility for NMRs in Japan, and are conducting molecular biological research. In this study, we will focus on Deba-associated transcripts (DeBATs), which are highly expressed in this species, to analyze their function and evaluate their relationship with delayed aging and cancer-resistance.


I am very honored to have been selected for the Inamori Research Grant. I will do my best to contribute to the progress of science in Japan through research on delayed aging and cancer resistance in naked mole-rats.

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