Kaito Hioki

Graduate Student - MCB
ISB 470

Kaito received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Oregon State University in 2021. During his undergraduate career, he studied regulatory features of cervical cancer and Type 2 diabetes using a correlation network model. He joined the MCB-PhD program at UMass in Fall 2021 and became a member of the Pobezinsky lab. Kaito’s research focuses on a phenomenon of intercellular transfer between tumor cells and immune cells within the tumor microenvironment. The sharing of cellular material between immune cells and non-lymphoid tissue has been reported in various systems; however, the functional significance of the event remains largely unexplored. Kaito's current project aims to characterize the cell types and mechanisms involved in the event. He was recently awarded a two-year, NIH-funded Biotechnology Training Program Fellowship, which is designed to educate students in the fundamentals of biochemistry through lecture and lab courses and an industrial internship.