Naohiro is a Technology Specialist in OIRON I.P.O’s Sagamihara office. His practice focuses on Patent prosecution, Opposition and Freedom-to-operate analysis in the areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
Prior to joining the firm, Naohiro had engaged in neuroscience research of sense of taste for about 8 years including his graduate research days at the University of Tokyo. He clarified the partial segregation among neural pathways transmitting different taste information and identified molecular markers of peripheral neurons which transmit specific taste information. Then he got involved in single molecule imaging research at Waseda University to pursue activity of DNA topoisomerase IV and gained a deep view for optics. After that he joined National Institute of Animal Health and conducted research of biological responses against infection with avian influenza virus to discover difference of lifecycles between avian and human influenza virus.
* Maeda N, Narukawa M, Ishimaru Y, Yamamoto K, Misaka T, Abe K. A large increase of sour taste
receptor cells in Skn-1-deficient mice does not alter the number of their sour taste signal-transmitting
gustatory neurons. Neurosci Lett. 2017 May 1;648:53-58.
* Maeda N, Ohmoto M, Yamamoto K, Kurokawa A, Narukawa M, Ishimaru Y, Misaka T, Matsumoto I, Abe K. Expression of serotonin receptor genes in cranial ganglia. Neurosci Lett. 2016 Mar 23;617:46-51.
* Maeda N, Onimura M, Ohmoto M, Inui T, Yamamoto T, Matsumoto I, Abe K. Spatial differences in molecular characteristics of the pontine parabrachial nucleus. Brain Res. 2009 Nov 3;1296:24-34.
Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry