Dr. Masahiro Sokabe is Designated/Emeritus Professor and Head of Mechanobiology Lab at Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan. After receiving Ph.D. from Osaka University (1984, Biophysical Engineering), he moved to Nagoya University in 1985, promoted to Professor and Chair at the Department of Physiology, Graduate School of Medicine in 1992, and retired in 2013. He has conducted pioneering works on cell mechanosensors, including mechanosensitive ion channels, actin cytoskeletons and focal proteins, and currently focuses on their roles in cell migration, carcinogenesis/metastasis and wound healing. He is also intensively investigating the role of neurosteroids in the plasticity and neurogenesis in the brain, aiming at their clinical applications to stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Sokabe has published over 200 papers and contributed to scientific societies through serving as Ex-President of Japanese Biophysical Society and Ex-president of International Association of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry. He is currently President (2011-)of International Society of Mechanobiology, and Supervisor (2015-) of the grant program “Elucidation of mechanobiological mechanisms and their application to the development of innovative medical instruments and technologies” supported by Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED).