Masanaga Muto, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow


Fukushima, Japan



B.S. Biochemistry, Tokai University (2011). 

M.S. Biochemistry, Tokai University (2013).

PhD: Reproductive Biology, Osaka University (2016).



Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS, 2015-2016), Lalor Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016-2017)


Research interests: 

My research interest is to decipher the mechanism of mammalian pregnancy such as placental formation and the maintenance of fetal development. Dr. Ikawa’s laboratory at Osaka University is expert in field of reproductive biology using gene manipulated animals. I mastered the placenta-specific gene manipulation technique by transducing lentiviral vector to the blastocyst stage embryos and I rescued placental defects in some mutant mouse lines. Currently, I am joining Dr. Soares’s laboratory at University of Kansas Medical Center, which is expert in field of trophoblast cell biology. My research focuses on elucidating regulatory processes controlling development of endovascular trophoblast cell lineage to understand pregnancy-related diseases.