Miho Hashimoto, Researcher
Graduated from University of Miyazaki, Faculty of Agriculture, Veterinary Science/Completed doctoral program at Gifu University, Doctoral Course of the United Graduate School of Veterinary Sciences/Research Fellow at Mitsubishi Kagaku Institute of Life Sciences/Industry-Academia-Government Collaborative Researcher at University of Miyazaki, Faculty of Agriculture/GCOE Researcher at Gunma University Institute for Molecular and Cellular Regulation/Researcher at Gunma University Graduate School of Health Sciences/Special Researcher (RPD) at Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (since January 2015)
Q1: Could you briefly describe your research?
A1: I am researching methods to artificially induce hibernation in laboratory animals (mice) that do not hibernate. Through this research, I am seeking to understand the molecular mechanisms of hibernation and similar phenomena, and considering how to define hibernation itself. The ultimate goal is to develop medical applications to protect the bodies of animals as they hibernate.
Q2: What do you find most appealing about research?
A2: At one point, I retired from my life as a researcher, and when I started my research again, I changed my field of study. One day, though, my new path joined up with my old path. This is what is so fascinating about research! This eventually led to my appointment as a Special Researcher (RPD) at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
Q3: What inspired you to pursue a career in research?
A3: As an undergraduate student, I was interested in the study of wildlife behavior and ecology, and I continued on to graduate school because I wanted to pursue laboratory research that could explain the phenomena that I observed in my fieldwork. In the end, it was the bear research at the time that prompted me to step into the world of hibernation research, and I am still chasing that mystery even today.
Q4: What makes you feel glad to be a researcher?
A4: I feel really happy and enjoy being a researcher when I am excited about an experiment, or when I achieve good results after a lot of trial and error. In the future, I hope to share this exciting aspect of research with lots of people.
Q5: How do you balance your research with your private life?
A5: I keep my daily life compact so that everything is within walking distance. I can enjoy time to myself while my family is sleeping, so I like to wake up early.
Q6: Do you have a book that changed your life, or any books that you have written?
A6: "Seishin to Busshitsu" by Takashi Tachibana and Susumu Tonegawa. I first read this book as a student, and it helped me discover the appeal of science.
Q7: What type of food do you like?
A7: Thai food. For me, it is like catnip to a cat.
Q8: Where has been your favorite place to travel?
A8: When I was 30, I ran in the Honolulu Marathon. The view of the sunrise from the Diamond Head cliffs overlooking the coast is magnificent.
Retired from work↓
Birth of child↓
Re-employed as researcher↓
Birth of child↓