Dr Tomoko Iwata
- Senior Lecturer (Undergraduate Medical School)
Dr Tomoko Iwata is a senior lecturer in University of Glasgow since 2002. Dr Iwata obtained PhD in Biochemistry from ETH-Zurich. Her postdoctoral work, conducted in the NIH, USA, and in Max-Planck Institute, Germany, aimed to understand the roles of FGFR3 gene mutations in genetic diseases using in vivo models and transcriptome analysis.
Dr Iwata’s research interest is to understand the role of growth factor/cytokine signalling in regulation of inflammation in tumour immune microenvironment during bladder cancer progression, with a goal to improve immunotherapy response with better biomarkers.
Dr Iwata also contributes in the Innovate UK funded “Integrated TeChnologies for Improved Polyp SurveillancE (INCISE)” project that aims to better predict polyp recurrence, by investigating the potential utility of inflammatory markers in colorectal polyps by multiplex immunofluorescence (mIF) and quantitative pathology imaging.
For better diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer and colorectal cancer, we are interested in:
- Multiplex Immunofluorescence (mIF) and quantitative pathology imaging analysis of tumour immune microenvironment and signalling pathways
- A driver role of FGFR3 in bladder cancer
- Role of inflammation and myeloid cells in cancer progression and immunotherapy
- Characterization of COX2 expression in colorectal polyps by QuPath (INCISE)
Current PhD projects are offered from the above topic.
PhD research projects offered in Molecular Pathology.
Dr Iwata is also a co-supervisor of Medical Research Scotland (MRS) funded PhD project “Examining the colonic polyp microbiome and its association with future colorectal neoplasia risk in a bowel screening population” with Professor Joanne Edwards (PI), Dr Stephen McSorley, and Dr Ditte Andersen.
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Use of cell-free plasma DNA as a biomarker of canine cancer
The Humanimal Trust
2017 - 2018
- Cortical Development Meeting (Crete) and ISDB/JSDB [International Society of Developmental Biologists/Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists] Meeting (Japan)
Scottish Stem Cell Network
2008 - 2008
- Control of cell cycle & apoptosis in cortical progenitors by Fgf receptor 3
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
2004 - 2007
Dr Iwata is PG Convener of School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing.
Other teaching activities include;
- MSc/PgCert/PgDip (blended online) Molecular Pathology (Programme Director)
- BScMedSci Clinical Medicine, Molecular Pathology specialist course (course coordinator)
- Lectures: Targeting Cancer Signalling (Best Lectures voted by students – 2nd place 2022), Bladder cancer
- Project Supervision: Molecular Pathology projects (wet and dry)
Dr Iwata is also an EDI lead and attends College of MVLS Race Subcommittee.