Institute for Glyco-core Research (iGCORE)|
Faculty of Applied Biological Sciences | Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology |
United Graduate School of Agricultural Science
Glyco-biochemistry lab (Kizuka lab)

Research summary

「To understand, visualize, and cure glycans」

Our laboratory conducts biological studies on glycans (sugar chains).
Virtually all cells in our bodies are covered with a lot of lot of glycans, but their roles remain largely unclear.
We try to
 ・understand how glycans are synthesized in cells and what roles they play.
 ・visualize where glycans exist in cells and organs.
 ・cure glycan-related diseases by modulating glycan functions.
These three are our key concepts. Please check research page in more detail.

Our laboratory belongs to both iGCORE (Institute for Glyco-core Research) in Gifu University and Course of Molecular Life Science in Faculty of Applied Biological Sciences. We are partially supported by JST FOREST program. We closely cooperate with Cell biophysics lab (Kenichi Suzuki lab) , Hiromune Ando Lab in iGCORE.


Ms. Osada received Dean’s Award of Graduate School.
Ms. Kawade received Poster Award from The Japanese Society of Carbohydrate Research.
Ms. Kawade received young investigator award from Chubu branch of Japanese glycoscience society.
A research paper (1st author: Hirata) was published in iScience.
THERS press release
JST press release
Ms. Osada received Young Scientist Award at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Biochemical Society.
A research paper (1st author: Tomida) was published in J Biol Chem.