Research Interests

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Our research includes application of optical spectroscopic and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic techniques to study metabolic regulation in normal, trained and untraiened tissues in vivo. Recently, we also use cell culture system to determine a specific protein-protein interaction that would affect muscle mitochondrial respiration and bioenergetics. Also we put forces on the regulation of mitochondrial biogenesis induced by exercise and natural nutrients.

Our current research focuses on 1) developing of detection technique to monitor/map tissue oxygenation and metabolite levels in vivo, 2) investigation of the cellular response to limiting oxygen and the control of oxidative phosphorylation in skeletal muscle and myocardium, 3) determining the structure and function of proteins, especially hemeprotein family such as myoglobin, hemoglobin and neuroglobin in the cell, 4) assess the effect of exercise and nutrition aid on cellular oxidative stress and cell function, 5) investigation the reguralartion of mitochondrial biogenesis by exercise and nutrients, and 6) developing training methods to improve athlete's physical conditioning. etc...

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It is open for an application to our graduate school. If you have any questions to apply our graduate school program (master and doctoral programs), postdoctoral fellowship and research collaborations, DO NOT hesitate to contact us via e-mail. Currently, Indonesian researcher has joined with us to get PhD.
We will appreciate that you join our research...
PLEASE NOTE*: For an Applicants to the MEXT scholarship
We appreciate for the applicants to the MEXT scholarship from oversea countries. Nowadays, every year, there are several applicants to the MEXT scholarship for joining in my laboratory as a candidate of PhD course. If you are really interested in our research, please ask us about your plan.
Unfortunately, someone does not seem to have enough knowledge and skills to proceed scientific workout during the course. We should require the applicants to have enough biochemical and biological knowledge in order to complete the research activity within the standardized course years (3 yrs). 
Research Areas
Exercise physiology, Applied Physiology, Biology, Cellular metabolism, Cardiovascular response, Free radical, Hemeprotein, Oxygen transport to tissue, Sports and clinical Nutrition

Kazumi MASUDA, Ph.D., Professor
< Brief C.V. >
PhD in Exercise Science from Univ. of Tsukuba, Japan (1999.Mar),
Research Associate at Center for Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance, Univ. of Tsukuba, Japan (~2001.Dec),
Associate Professor in Exercise Physiology at Faculty of Education, Kanazawa Univ., Japan (~2009.Mar),
Professor in Exercise Physiology at Faculty of Human Sciences, Kanazawa Univ., Japan (2009.Apr~)

Laboratory Personnel & Graduate Groups
Dr. Tsubasa Shibaguchi, PhD, International backbone Education Institute, Kanazawa Univ., Japan
Claudia Pérez López, MSc, Faculty of Biology, University of Havana, Cuba
Others... (some undergraduate students)

Dr. Hisashi Takakura, Doshisya Univ, Japan
Dr. Yasuro Furuichi, Tokyo Metropolitan Univ., Japan
Dr. Tatsuya Yamada, MSc, Research Assistant, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, MD, USA
Dr. Ronald DR Hamidie, MSc, MD, Faculty of Sport and Health Education, Univ. Pendidikan Indonesia
Prof. Thomas Jue, Univ. of California Davis, USA
Dr. Ulrike Kreutzer, Univ. of California Davis, USA
Dr. Rie Ishizawa, Research Assistant, Waseda Univ., Japan
Dr. Yoshiteru Hanai, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Yutaka Kano, Univ. of Electro-Communications, Japan
Dr. Takeshi Hashimoto, Ritsumeikan Univ., Japan
Dr. Nobumasa Iwanaka, 
Ritsumeikan Univ., Japan
Prof. Koji Ishida, Nagoya Univ., Japan
Prof. Hiroshi Akima, Nagoya Univ., Japan
Prof. Keisyo Katayama, Nagoya Univ., Japan
Prof. Satoshi Iwase, Aichi Medical Univ., Japan
Prof. Aki Hirayama, Tsukuba Univ. of Technology, Japan
Dr. Kai Tanabe, Komazawa Women Univ., Japan
Prof. Thomas Reilly, Liverpool John Moores Univ., UK (passed on June 11, 2009)
Recent Publications
1. Yamada T, Takakura H, Jue T, Hashimoto T, Ishizawa R, Furuichi Y, Kato Y, Iwanaka N and Masuda K: Myoglobin and the Regulation of Mitochondrial Respiratory Chain Complex IV. Journal of Physiology 594: 483-495, 2016.
2. Hamidie DRR, Yamada T, Ishizawa R, Saito Y and Masuda K: Curcumin treatment enhances the effect of exercise on mitochondrial biogenesis in skeletal muscle by increasing cAMP levels. Metabolism 64: 1334-1347, 2015.
3. Yamada T, Furuichi Y, Takakura H, Hashimoto T, Hanai Y, Jue T and Masuda K: Interaction between myoglobin and mitochondria in rat skeletal muscle. J Appl Physiol 114: 490-497, 2013.
4. Furuichi Y, Sugiura T, KatoY, Takakura H, Hanai Y, Hashimoto T and Masuda K: Muscle contraction increases carnitine uptake via translocation of OCTN2. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 418: 774-779, 2012.
5. Furuichi Y, Sugiura T, Kato Y, Shimada Y and Masuda K: OCTN2 is associated with carnitine transport capacity of rat skeletal muscles. Acta Physiol 200: 57-64, 2010.
6. Takakura H, Masuda K, Hashimoto T, Iwase S and Jue T: Quantification of myoglobin deoxygenation and intracellular PO2 during muscle contraction under Hb-free medium perfusion. Exp Physiol 95: 630-640, 2010.
Masuda K, Takakura H, Furuichi Y, and Iwase S and Jue T: NIRS measurement of O2 dynamics in contracting blood and buffer perfused hindlimb muscle. Adv Exp Med Biol 662: 323-328, 2010.
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