Toshio Suda, MD
2009-2010 ISEH President
Dr. Toshio Suda is professor of developmental biology in the Sakaguchi laboratory in the School of Medicine at Keio University. He became enchanted by the secrets of hematopoiesis when studying in Dr. Makio Ogawa's lab at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and chose his life's work. The two proposed a stochastic model in the differentiation of stem cells, a classical work showing the independent differentiation of stem cells from growth factors.
Dr. Suda identified the niche for hematopoietic stem cells and subsequently established the new field of oxidative stress and stem cell aging. The interaction of stem cells and niches is one of the hot topics in stem cell biology today.
In addition to his efforts at Keio Univeristy, Dr. Suda serves the field through professional societies and publications, such as his role as ISEH president and Scientific Program Committee member, and member of the International Society of Stem Cell Research. He sits on the editorial boards of several publications including Blood (American Society for Hematology), Journal of Experimental Medicine, Cell Stem Cell, and Stem Cells. He is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Hematology (Japanese Society of Hematology).
Dr. Suda values his ISEH participation. "ISEH is a rather small international meeting where we can focus on in-depth discussion of timely topics. I appreciate the friendly atmosphere and look forward to reuniting with professional friends. At the Melbourne meeting, I am excited to once again see Dr. D. Metcalf, whose work on hemopoietic colonies taught me many things early in my career."
When not involved in his scientific pursuits, Dr. Suda is quite interested in history and would like to furthur understand ancient script and literature.