University College London
Dr Kazu Tomita's main expertise is in molecular biology and genetics, and his scientific interests are in chromosome biology, cell biology and the cell cycle. He studied for a BSc in Chemistry and obtained his MSc and PhD degrees in molecular biology and biochemistry at Shizuoka University, Japan. During his PhD, he studied DNA damage response pathways and telomeres that locate at the ends of chromosomes using fission yeast as a model system, and published several high impact research papers. In 2004, he moved to Cancer Research UK London Research Institute (now joined to the Francis Crick Institute) as a post-doctoral research fellow, where he studied non-canonical function of telomeres in meiosis using live single cell imaging techniques, and published a number of papers in prestigeous journals including Cell. In 2010, he moved to the Centre of Haematology at Imperial College London to gain expertise in tissue culture and gene targeting techniques. Since the end of 2010, Kazu has been leading a research group at the Cancer Institute at University College London. This research group is working on the biology of telomeres and telomerase. He has been studying the control of telomerase action as well as the function of telomeres in meiosis, and has published several research papers and review articles. He has also contributed to a chapter on telomeres and telomerase for the Oxford Textbook of Cancer Biology and the Encyclopedia of Cancer (3rd edition).