Department of Fundamental Biosciences, Hirata Lab

Research Opportunities

If you are interested in working with us, please contact Prof. Takako Hirata. You can join the lab through the Doctoral Program of Medicine at the Graduate School of Medicine, Shiga University of Medical Science. Please see the Admissionsection of the University website for detailed information on the program and how to apply.

Contact Info

Takako Hirata, MD, PhD
Department of Fundamental Biosciences
Shiga University of Medical Science
Seta Tsukinowa-cho
Otsu, Shiga 520-2192

About the Hirata Lab

Cells in the immune system are characterized by their circulatory and migratory properties. These properties are critical for efficient surveillance of tissues for pathogens and the ensuing immune responses. Our laboratory focuses on understanding how immune cells recirculate and migrate to specific sites in the body and how this trafficking pattern is altered in immunopathology. We study the molecular mechanisms of immune cell trafficking, focusing on adhesion molecules, soluble factors such as chemokines and lipid mediators, and their receptors. Our ultimate goal is to delineate the complete molecular pathways orchestrating immune cell trafficking and to utilize the knowledge gained to develop strategies for the treatment of various allergic and autoimmune diseases.

Directions to the Hirata Lab

Enter through the West Gate of the Campus. The Hirata Lab is located on the 3rd floor of the General Education and Research Building (#1 Building in the Campus Map).