Department of Biological Sciences
639 Cooke Hall, North/Amherst Campus
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260
2008-2012 B.S. Biology, The University of Tokyo (Advisor: Dr. Takafumi Ishida)
2012-2017 Ph.D. Biological Anthropology, The University of Tokyo (Advisor: Dr. Takafumi Ishida)
2017- PostDoc. Biological Sciences, University at Buffalo (Advisor: Dr. Omer Gokcumen)
2017 -2018 Astellas Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
2016 Visiting student at the Department of Biological Sciences, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
2015 Visiting student at University of Florence, Italy
2013 Visiting student at University of the Ryukyus, Japan
AWARDS AND HONORS
2018 Three-Minute Presentation: First Place, Tenth Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium, June 13, 2018, University at Buffalo, USA.
2016 ASN Young Scientist Oral Presentation Award, The 70th Annual Meeting of Anthropological Society of Nippon, Oct.8-10, 2016, Niigata, Japan
2016 Best Question Award, HOPE meeting with Nobel laureates, Japan
2012 School of Science Award, the University of Tokyo, Japan
2011 Prize at the paper competition for students in Science and Technology, newspaper of The Daily Industrial News, Japan
FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
2017-2018 Astellas Foundation for Research Abroad on Metabolic Disorders, Japan (10/210 competitiveness)
2013-2017 Graduate Program for Leaders in Life Innovation (GPLLI), Japan
2014-2017 Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (DC1) (The best notable scholarship for Ph.D. students in Japan)
4. Saitou, M.*, Lizardo DY.*, Taskent RO, Millner A, Atilla-Gokcumen, GE**, Gokcumen, O**. An evolutionary transcriptomics approach links CD36 to membrane remodeling in replicative senescence. Molecular Omics. [link] [press release][inside cover article]
3. Saitou, M., Satta, Y. Gokcumen, O., Ishida, T. Complex evolution of the GSTM gene family involves sharing of GSTM1 deletion polymorphism in humans and chimpanzees. BMC Genomics, 2018, 19:293 [link]
2. Saitou, M., Satta, Y. Gokcumen, O. Adaptive evolution of complex haplotypes harboring the metabolizing GSTM1 gene deletion. G3: GENES, GENOMES, GENETICS Early online July 30, 2018 [link]
1. Saitou, M and Ishida, T Distributions of the GSTM1 and GSTT1 Null Genotypes Worldwide are Characterized by Latitudinal Clines. The Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention VOLUME 16, 2015, Issue Number 1, 355-361
Invited Departmental Seminar Presentations
2018 Kitasato University, Japan
2018 Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan
2018 Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan
2017 Rikkyo University, Japan
2017 Graduate University of Advanced Science, Japan
2015 National Cancer Institute, Thailand
2015 University of Florence, Italy
Other Seminar and Symposium Presentations:
2018 The tenth Postdoc 3 Minute Presentation, The 9th Annual UB Postdoc Research Symposium, U.S.
2018 UB departmental symposium, Buffalo, US
2018 4th Annual GGB research day, Buffalo, US
2017 The ninth Postdoc 3 Minute Presentation, The 9th Annual UB Postdoc Research Symposium, U.S.
2016 Graduate Program for Leaders in Life Innovation student seminar, Japan
2016 Graduate Program for Leaders in Life Innovation student seminar, Germany
2015 Graduate Program for Leaders in Life Innovation student seminar, Japan
Saitou M, Satta Y, Gokcumen O, Resolving the evolutionary impact of polymorphic gene duplications in humans at the haplotype level, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution meeting (2018), poster, Yokohama, Japan.
Saitou M, Satta Y, Gokcumen O, Adaptive evolution of complex haplotypes harboring the metabolizing the GSTM1 gene deletion, American Association of Physical Anthropologists meeting (2018), oral, accepted, Austin, U.S.
Saitou M, Satta Y, Gokcumen O, Evolutionary forces shaping the distribution of the GSTM1 gene deletion in humans, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution meeting (2017), poster, Austin, U.S.
Saitou M, Ishida T, Satta Y, Gokcumen O, Evolution of deletion polymorphism of the gene for a cellular metabolizing enzyme glutathione-s-transferase μ1 in humans and chimpanzees (The Biology of Genomes Meeting (2017), poster, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, U.S.
Saitou M, A hotspot of chromosomal rearrangements was revealed by comparative Hominidae genomics, HOPE meeting with Nobel laureates (2016), Tsukuba, Japan, poster.
Saitou M, Ishida T, Evolutionary analysis of deletion polymorphism of the entire GSTM (glutathione S-transferase mu) 1 gene generated by a homologous chromosomal recombination suggests multiple deletion events (2015), Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution meeting, Vienna, Austria, poster.
Saitou M, Ishida T, Distributions of the GSTT1 null genotype worldwide is characterized by a latitudinal cline (2015), International Society for Applied Biological Sciences, Bol, Croatia, poster.
2018 UB News Center, Cells stop dividing when this gene kicks into high gear, study finds [link]
2017 UBNow, Internet mentoring leads to postdoc fellowship [link]
2018 Invited book review "Orangutan", Noko Kuze, Japan Association of Evolutionary Biology News letter, (in Japanese).
2017 Invited Welcome speech at the 10th HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates, Tokyo, Japan (Highly publicized, national scientific conference for young researchers held in Japan
2015 Event Assistant: the 7th Get-together Event for Female Students and Researchers, Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo.
2013 Event Assistant: Advisor for female high-school students major in science. Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo, 2013.
2012-2014 Leader of a group of young scientific researchers and graduate students, named "0 to 1", Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo (2012-2014).
Genes and Genetic Systems, American Journal of Human Biology, Plos One
2015 Teaching Assistant: Experiments of Human Genetics, the University of Tokyo.
2013 Teaching Assistant: Biology Teacher's Association of Tokyo.
2012 Teaching Assistant: Science Agora, Tokyo.