Purposes of Our Education
and Research

Epigenetic alterations including aberrant DNA methylation and histone modifications are hallmarks of human malignancies.
Our department is working on cancer epigenetics to understand the molecular mechanism of tumorigenesis and to apply our findings to develop new diagnosis and treatment strategy.

We have discovered a number of tumor-related genes and noncoding RNA genes which are epigenetically dysregulated in cancer.
We also provided evidences that they could be useful biomarkers as well as potential therapeutic targets.

Academic Staff

Hiromu Suzuki, M.D., Ph.D.

ProfessorHiromu Suzuki, M.D., Ph.D.

Research interests: Cancer genetics and epigenetics

Masahiro Kai, Ph.D.

Assistant ProfessorMasahiro Kai, Ph.D.

Research interests: Diacylglycerol kinase

Takeshi Niinuma, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant ProfessorTakeshi Niinuma, M.D., Ph.D.

Research interests: Tumor biology and noncoding RNA

Hiroshi Kitajima, M.S.

InstructorHiroshi Kitajima, M.S.

Research interests: Noncoding RNA


Department of Molecular Biology,
Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine
  • S1, W17, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, 060-8556, Japan
  • Tel: +81-11-611-2111
  • Fax: +81-11-622-1918
  • Mail: molbiol[at]sapmed.ac.jp