Associate Professor, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences
Mineko Kengaku is Laboratory Head at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute which emphasizes interdisciplinary research and works to increase cooperation between government, industry and academia. While at the University of Tokyo, Mikeko Kengaku discovered a novel function (neural tissue-inducing activity) of a well-known growth factor (fibroblast) and proposed that this factor can be a "morphogen" (a determinant of body axis). After spending several years as a postdoctral fellow at Harvard Medical School, Kengaku started working on neuronal migration and neuronal polarity in the context of cerebellar development at Kyoto University. She started her group at RIKEN`s Brain Science Institute this year, and is continuing her work on neuronal migration.