Fujii Lab

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Our Research

Dr. Fujii’s research is centered on understanding gene regulation focusing on the step of mRNA translation. Our research program will unravel new layers of spatiotemporal specificity and fidelity of protein synthesis, to further understand the impact of translational regulation in development and in diseases, particularly those caused by protein aggregation such as neurodegenerative disorders.

Why Our Research is Important for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Protein aggregation has been observed in a variety of neurodegenerative diseases including but not limited to ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Huntingtin’s disease. Key questions we are seeking to understand are “What is the trigger of protein aggregation?” and “How does the regulation of protein synthesis contribute to disease onset?”. We believe such knowledge will bring us a novel strategy for treatment and prevention.


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Graduate Programs

Biomedical Sciences (BMS), College of Medicine

Genetics & Genomics (G&G), Genetics Institute

Lab Address and Directions

Lab: Room 235, Cancer Genetics Research Complex (CGRC)
Office: Room 206
Phone: 352-273-8207
We are located on the 2nd floor of CGRC at the University of Florida

Mailing address: 2033 Mowry Road, Gainesville, FL 32610

Lab Members

Kotaro Fujii
Department: Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Kotaro Fujii

Assistant Professor
Riku Nagai
Department: Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Riku Nagai

Postdoctral Associate
Indu Tripathi
Department: Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Indu Tripathi

Biological Scientist II
Pitchaporn Akaphan
Department: Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Pitchaporn Akaphan


Undergraduate students

  • Saumya S Sahay
  • Olivia L Milam
  • Dagiana Scarpetta
  • Carver D Freeburg

Former Lab Members

Graduate student

  • Matthew Chang (Master)


  • Virali Parekh
  • Erin M Walsh

Undergraduate Students

  • Leelas A Alkhalil
  • Alanna S Bieber

Volunteer High School student

  • Temima Nuzhat