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Katsushi TokunagaPosition: Professor and Chairman

Institution: Department of Human Genetics, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan


Professional Experience

1983-1989 Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Anthropology, Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo

1989-1992 Assistant Professor, Department of Transfusion Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tokyo

1992-1995 Head, First Research Section, Japanese Red Cross Central Blood Center

1995-present Professor, Department of Human Genetics, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo


Journal Editorial Board Memberships

Editor-in-Chief Journal of Human Genetics

Advisory Editor, Editorial Board Immunogenetics, Tissue Antigens, International Journal of Immunogenetics, PeerJ


Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Nakamura M, et al.: Genome-wide association study identifies TNFSF15 and POU2AF1 as susceptibility loci for primary biliary cirrhosis in Japanese. Am. J. Hum. Genet . 91: 721-728, 2012.

Okamoto K, Tokunaga K, et al.: Common variation in GPC5 is associated with acquired nephrotic syndrome. Nat. Genet. 43: 459-463, 2011.

Saito T, et al.: Transcriptional regulation of endochondral ossification by HIF-2alpha during skeletal growth and osteoarthritis development. Nat. Med. 16: 678-686, 2010.

HUGO Pan-Asian SNP Consortium: Mapping human genetic diversity in Asia. Science 326: 1541-1545, 2009.

Tanaka Y, et al.: Genome-wide association of IL28B with response to pegylated interferon-alpha and ribavirin therapy for chronic hepatitis C. Nat. Genet. 41: 1105-1109, 2009.

Miyagawa T, et al.: Variant between CPT1B and CHKB associated with susceptibility to narcolepsy. Nat. Genet. 40: 1324-1328, 2008.

Yoshiura K, et al.: A SNP in the ABCC11 gene is the determinant of human earwax type. Nat. Genet. 38: 324-330, 2006.

Omi K, et al.: CD36 polymorphism is associated with protection from cerebral malaria. Am. J. Hum. Genet. 72: 364-374, 2003.

Kobayashi K, et al.: An ancient retrotransposal insertion causes Fukuyama-type congenital muscular dystrophy. Nature 394: 388-392, 1998.

Wang L, et al.: Polymorphic microsatellite markers for the diagnosis of graft-versus-host disease. N. Engl. J. Med. 330: 398-401, 1994.

Uchigata Y, et al.: Strong association of insulin autoimmune syndrome with HLA-DR4. Lancet 339: 393-394, 1992.

Watanabe Y, Tokunaga K, et al.: Putative amino acid sequence of HLA-DRB chain contributing to rheumatoid arthritis susceptibility. J. Exp. Med. 169:2263-2268, 1989.