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Masamitsu Kanada, PhD

Assistant Professor (Fixed-term)
Pharmacology & Toxicology
(517) 884-6931
2313 iQ Building


My career objective is to become an academic investigator who uses multidisciplinary approaches to address questions in human diseases. I have learned surface chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular and cell biology with expertise in live cell imaging by fluorescence microscopy and whole-body optical preclinical imaging. In addition, with my experience working in a pharmaceutical company, I have gained expertise in drug screening that I brought to my academic appointment. This diverse research background positions me well for building an interdisciplinary research program geared toward the early detection of diseases and developing novel therapeutics. Currently, we are advancing the understanding of EV-mediated intercellular communication and engineering EVs to create targeted gene/drug delivery tools. My research focus is to characterize the ability of EVs to transfer signals to adjacent and distant cells in the body and use this ability to deliver therapy effectively to diseased sites.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine (2012—2017)
  • Ph.D., Cell Biology, University of Tsukuba (2003—2008)
  • B.S., Biochemical Engineering, Tohoku University (1999-04-01—2003-03-31)



  • Assistant Professor, Michigan State University (2017-07-01)