Toru Nakamura, PhD

Associate Professor

College of Medicine

Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Cancer Biology

Full Member

Phone: 312-996-1988


Dr. Toru Nakamura is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. His laboratory is interested in understanding the regulatory mechanism that allows stable maintenance of telomeres in fission yeast.Since proteins involved in telomere maintenance are highly conserved between fission yeast and humans, they expect their findings to have major impacts in guiding future telomere studies in humans. He has been trained as a graduate student in Dr. Thomas Cechs laboratory, and contributed to the discovery of human and fission yeast telomerase catalytic subunit TERT.In addition, Dr. Nakamura discovered the unique ability of fission yeast cells to survive loss of telomerase by circularizing all three chromosomes. As an independent PI since October 2004, he has published fifteen research papers, one method paper, and two review papers on the subject of telomere maintenance mechanisms and genome stability in fission yeast.

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