Dr. Fujiwara received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. He did his postdoctoral training in Dr. Thomas D. Pollard's laboratory at Harvard Medical School where he worked on the mechanisms of non-muscle cell motility. He was Assistant (1977-1983) and then Associate (1983-1986) Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, Harvard Medical School where he began analyzing the organization of actin cytoskeleton in vascular endothelial cells in relation to hemodynamic parameters. Dr. Fujiwara was Head of the Department of Structural Analysis in the National Cardiovascular Center Research Institute in Osaka, Japan from 1986 until 2000, when he was recruited to the University of Rochester.
He is past Associate Editor of European Journal of Cell Biology, Biology of the Cell, and Endothelium. He serves on the Editorial Boards of these journals as well as Microvascular Research, Cell Structure and Function, and Bioimages.
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Dr. Fujiwara received his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan. As a high school student, he received an American Field Service (AFS) International Scholarship and spent a year in Puyallup, Washington as an exchange student, living with an American family and attending and graduating from Puyallup High School. He received his Ph. D. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to receive postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. He was appointed to become Assistant Professor and then to Associate professor. He left Harvard to become Director of the Department of Structural Analysis at the National Cardiovascular Center Research Institute in Japan.
In the Fall of 2000, he joined the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute where he continues to work on the molecular mechanism by which cells of our body sense and respond to various mechanical forces such as stretch, gravity, and shear stress.