Miyamoto Lab Members

David Miyamoto, MD, PhD

Principal Investigator

David Miyamoto is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School, an Investigator in the Mass General Center for Cancer Research, and an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. After studying Chemistry at Harvard College, he received his MD and PhD degrees from Harvard Medical School, where he completed thesis work with Dr. Timothy Mitchison. His post-doctoral research was with Drs. Daniel Haber and Shyamala Maheswaran at MGH. His current research focuses on the development of novel molecular biomarkers to guide prostate and bladder cancer therapy. Dr. Miyamoto is also a board-certified radiation oncologist specializing in genitourinary malignancies who sees patients in the MGH Department of Radiation Oncology and the Mass General Cancer Center. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing the violin, hanging out with his Corgi, and watching anime with his daughters.

Keisuke Otani, MD, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Keisuke Otani is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Miyamoto Lab. After receiving his MD degree from Osaka University in Japan, he worked at Osaka University Medical Hospital and Osaka Medical Center for Cancers and Cardiovascular Diseases (present: Osaka International Cancer Institute) and completed his residency program in radiation oncology. He then received his PhD in basic medicine at Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine. Before joining this lab, he belonged to the radiotherapy team for prostate cancer in Osaka University Medical Hospital, utilizing techniques including IMRT, stereotactic radiotherapy, low-dose-rate brachytherapy, and high-dose-rate brachytherapy.

Yukako Otani, MD, PhD

Research Technologist

Yukako is a Research Technologist in the Miyamoto Lab. Prior to arriving in Boston, she studied the molecular mechanisms of osteoclast differentiation at Osaka University in Japan. Yukako is working on developing novel patient-derived organoid cultures to study the bladder cancer tumor microenvironment. Outside of the lab, she enjoys sports and seeing movies.

Erika Kusaka

Research Technician

Erika Kusaka is a Research Technician in the Miyamoto Lab. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2019 and majored in Chemistry and Japanese. Outside of the lab, she loves to dance, go to the beach, and do puzzles. She enjoys being apart of the Miyamoto lab because of the supportive community, intriguing research, and opportunity for growth.

Jacob Ukleja

Research Technician

Jacob Ukleja is a Research Technician in the Miyamoto Lab and the Haber/Maheswaran Lab. He graduated from Duke University in 2019 with a degree in Computer Science. In the Miyamoto Lab, he is excited to learn new assays for detecting and treating prostate and bladder cancer. Outside of the lab, you can find him getting involved with comedy, cinema, cooking, and any other hobbies that also start with a ‘c.’ Jake loves working in the Miyamoto Lab because of the supportive atmosphere and growth opportunities!

Haley Pleskow

Research Technician (per diem)

Haley Pleskow is a Research Technician in the Miyamoto Lab. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2017 with a degree in Economics. In the Miyamoto Lab, she focuses on developing a CTC gene expression score to monitor response to trimodality therapy for bladder cancer using unbiased microfluidic CTC isolation coupled with droplet digital PCR. Outside of the lab, you can find her working with the MGH-Timility Science Fair Program, playing Frisbee, or walking around Boston to find new restaurants! Haley loves working in the Miyamoto Lab because of the educational opportunities and lovely, collaborative environment.

Rebecca Fisher

Research Technician (per diem)

Rebecca Fisher is a Research Technician in the Miyamoto Lab. She received her BA from Bowdoin College in 2017, majoring in Neuroscience and Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies. In the Miyamoto Lab, she is currently using RNA in situ hybridization techniques to identify and validate novel biomarkers in prostate cancer. She is also using multispectral imaging to characterize CTCs isolated from patient blood using the CTC-chip. Outside of the lab, she has worked as an outdoor education trip leader and also volunteers as a birth doula. Her favorite part of the Miyamoto Lab is the collaborative, fun, and welcoming environment and the multitude of opportunities for educational advancement.

 

Alumni

Kathleen Bedingfield

Summer Intern (2019)

Emma (Qingyuan) Yang, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

William Hwang, MD, PhD

Radiation Oncology Resident