University : Teikyo University
Country : Japan
Dr Nishizawa is serving as Professor at the Department of Clinical Laboratory Science of the Teikyo University School of Medical Technology, Japan. After graduating from the University of Tokyo School of Medicine, Tokyo, and being qualified as a medical doctor in 1989, He started the research at the Division of Medicine, Department of Neurobiology, Institute of Brain Research, University of Tokyo Graduate School, and received the Ph.D. degree (medicine and physiology) in 1994. Although his qualification is medical, his current research focuses on computational biochemistry: biologically relevant processes of interactions between lipid membrane and proteins, ion channel dynamics, transporter dynamics, membrane fusion (viral and intracellular), and other pathological processes. His recent focus is on improving several force fields for molecular dynamics with an emphasis on membrane protein folding, which are of high relevance of current molecular medicine.
Prior to these chemical studies, Dr Nishizawa has wet-laboratory experiences in molecular biology of mRNA stability regulation in neuronal cells and T-lymphocyte immunobiology from 1993 to 1998, including his postdoc years at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston. He also conducted studies in molecular evolutionary genetics using numerical simulations from 1998 to 2002. In 2006, he served as the founding Chief of the Dept of Clinical Laboratory Science at Teikyo University.
With a publication record covering computational physical chemistry, neurobiology, immunobiology and molecular evolution, since 2010 he has been serving as an editorial board member of several journals including Journal of Biophysical Chemistry, BioMed Research International, and Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, the latter providing a unique forum for interdisciplinary research between clinicians/experimentalists and theoreticians, focusing on collaborations across biomedical, clinical, and translational research areas. Teaching many students in his courses of biochemistry, clinical chemistry and analytical chemistry, he emphasizes training the next generation of scientists who have ambitions to bridge across diverse medical disciplines.