Dr. Ando received her Ph.D. in Pharmacological Sciences from University of Tokyo in 2001. After completion of her degree, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. In 2006, she was appointed as Assistant Professor and PI in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Thomas Jefferson University, Pennsylvania, USA. She joined to Department of Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University when it was founded in 2008. In the fall of 2014, Dr. Ando was appointed as Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan.
Her research focuses on molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of neurological diseases. Multiple genetic and environmental factors influence brain development, aging, and vulnerability to disease.. She uses Drosophila as a powerful genetic model system to dissect such complexity and understand the brain.
Tokyo Metropolitan University launched a Biology English program, a full biology undergraduate program in biology taught in English in 2015. Dr. Ando serves as the organizer of this program since 2018.
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