Laboratory of Tomomi Tani and Maki Koike-Tani

Tomomi Tani, Associate Scientist
Cellular Dynamics Program

Phone (508) 289-7638
Fax (508) 289-7579
E-Mail ttani@mbl.edu
Address MBL, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543


 RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Tomomi Tani is an Associate Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory since 2010.  He received his B.S (Biology) from the University of Tsukuba and his PhD (Biology) from the University of Tokyo.  He was a faculty member at Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science and Hokkaido University, where he was an Associate Professor at the Research Institute for Electronic Science.  He is interested in the mechanisms on how molecular assemblies such as cytoskeletal proteins or membrane receptors are built in spatially organized manner in response to temporal and spatial signals, which in turn coordinate the growth, division and the migration of cells.  He has been developing a new fluorescence microscope to see three dimensional orientations of individual molecules while being assembled in 3D architectures in living cells, multi-cellular tissues and in a whole living organism.

 

MMakiwebsiteaki Koike-Tani, Assistant Research Scientist
Cellular Dynamics Program

Phone (508) 289-7244
Fax (508) 289-7579
E-Mail mtani@mbl.edu
Address MBL, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Maki Koike-Tani was trained as an electrophysiologist through her graduate school and postdoctoral studies on the roles of glutamate receptors for modulating synaptic transmission during the development of central nervous system.  She received her PhD from Gunma University School of Medicine, Japan, in 2000.  After postdoctoral training at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at the University of Tokyo, she joined Hokkaido University as a faculty member and started fluorescent single molecule imaging in combination with her electrophysiological approaches.  Specifically, by using these techniques, she has been studying how locally secreted neurotrophic factors organize 3D architecture of neural systems in the developing cerebellum.  In 2011 she joined Cellular Dynamics Program at the MBL as an Assistant Research Scientist.  Taking advantage of label-free imaging, established at the MBL, she has started new approaches to develop non-invasive imaging of neural activity by the use of polarized light microscopy.