Mentor: Dr. Elena Aikawa
Dr. Yoshikazu Sawada is a Research Fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Cardiovascular Sciences (CICS) in the Cardiovascular Division of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He graduated from Osaka University, Japan with a major in Health Science focing on medical technologies related to radiology. After graduation, he joined Kowa Company as a pharmacokinetics research scientist. In 2018, he obtained his PhD degree in Medical Science from Tsukuba University. His thesis was focused on a new mechanisms of sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor. Under the mentorship of Prof. Elena Aikawa at CICS, he is currently exploring novel mechanisms of calcification to identify new therapeutic targets for treatment of calcific aortic valve disease. In his research he employs primary cell cultures, siRNA knockdown, protein mutations and proteomics.