Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences, Kyoto University

Department of Virus Research

Lab. of Immune Regulation


Professor Koichi Ikuta (ikuta∗
Assistant Professor Keiko Takemoto (ktakemot∗
Assistant Professor Takahiro Hara (thara∗
Assistant Professor Guangwei Cui (cui∗

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Research theme

We elucidate the mechanism controlling the development and response of the immune system and the pathogenesis of immune-related diseases, focusing on interleukin 7 (IL-7) and related cytokines.
Our main research projects are as follows:
1) Control of DNA recombination of lymphocyte antigen receptor genes by IL-7
2) Differentiation and maturation signals of the IL-7 receptor (IL-7R)
3) Regulation of IL-7R expression during differentiation and response of lymphoid cells
4) Circadian control of dynamics and function of lymphoid cells by steroid hormones
5) Visualization and local function of cytokine-producing cells, in relation with metabolic syndrome and obesity.


Graduate Education

  • Graduate School of Medicine
  • Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Graduate School of Biostudies


  • Doctor course 3, Master course 2.

Contact Information

Person to Contact Professor Koichi Ikuta
TEL 075-751-4012
E-mail ikuta∗

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