Chieko Saito

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Chieko Saito
The University of Tokyo
Graduate School of Medicine
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Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2018
Project Assiciate Professor, Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
Apr 2015
Mar 2018
Fellow, Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency
Jul 2012
Mar 2015
Associate Professor (NC-CARP project, limited term), Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo
Jul 2012
Mar 2015
Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
Apr 2009
Jun 2012
Senior Research Scientist, RIKEN Molecular Membrane Biology Lab.


Apr 1994
Mar 1999
Biological Science, School of Science The University of Tokyo
Apr 1990
Mar 1994
University of Tokyo

Awards & Honors

Prize for encouragement, The Japanese Society of Plant Morphology

Published Papers

Sayuri Tanabashi, Keiko Shoda, Chieko Saito, Tomoaki Sakamoto, Tetsuya Kurata, Tomohiro Uemura, and Akihiko Nakano
CELL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION 43:   43 41-51   Feb 2018   [Refereed]
The Golgi apparatus is a key station of glycosylation and membrane traffic. It consists of stacked cisternae in most eukaryotes. However, the mechanisms how the Golgi stacks are formed and maintained are still obscure. The model plant Arabidopsis ...
Yasuyuki Suda, Hiroyuki Tachikawa, Ichiro Inoue, Tomokazu Kurita, Chieko Saito, Kazuo Kurokawa, Akihiko Nakano, Kenji Irie
FEMS Yeast Research   18(1)    Dec 2017   [Refereed]
Sec2 activates Sec4 Rab GTPase as a guanine nucleotide exchange factor for the recruitment of downstream effectors to facilitate tethering and fusion of post-Golgi vesicles at the plasma membrane. During the meiosis and sporulation of budding yeas...
Yamagami A, Saito C, Nakazawa M, Fujioka S, Uemura T, Matsui M, Sakuta M, Shinozaki K, Osada H, Nakano A, Asami T, Nakano T
Scientific reports   7(1) 5739   Jul 2017   [Refereed]
Takahashi T, Nishida T, Tuji A, Saito C, Matsuzaki R, Sato M, Toyooka K, Yasuda H, Nozaki H
Scientific reports   6 29209   Jul 2016   [Refereed]
Takahashi T, Nishida T, Saito C, Yasuda H, Nozaki H
Journal of phycology   52(3) 486-490   Jun 2016   [Refereed]

Research Grants & Projects

Genetical study of "bulb" : a subregion-like structure continuous to vacuolar membrane
Project Year: 2009 - 2010
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research(若手研究(B))
Project Year: 2009 - 2010    Investigator(s): Chieko SAITO
I have previously identified and reported a "bulb", a complex and mobile structure on the continuous vacuolar membrane at 2002. To get a clue its biological significance and function, I searched mutants that show abnormalities in bulbs. By a rever...
Live imaging and ultrastructural study about dynamics, structure, and function of plant vacuole
Project Year: 2006 - 2008    Investigator(s): Chieko Saito
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research(若手研究(B))
Project Year: 2006 - 2008    Investigator(s): Chieko SAITO
Function and dynamics of the vacuole on the gravity sensing in flowering stem
Project Year: 2002 - 2004