I received my MD degree from Hokkaido University, Japan and my PhD in medical science (pharmacology) from Kyoto University, Japan. I learned C. elegans genetics as a postdoctoral fellow and worked in Joe Culotti’s lab at University of Toronto. After Joe confirmed that I had learned everything he could teach me, I moved back to Japan as a research associate at Tokyo Women’s Medical University. Missing Canada, I rejoined the Culotti lab and then moved to the Kalia labs in 2017 to continue my research. I have a strong belief in the power of C.elegans genetics to define the signalling patways involved in the maintenance of healthy neurons.