Ryuji is currently a Principal Investigator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He has pioneered research in stem cell differentiation and kidney organoids. Ryuji directs research groups focused on kidney regenerative medicine, genome editing in stem cells, and kidney disease modeling. His research also extends to simulation of kidney microenvironment using organ-on-chip systems. At the Wyss, Ryuji is collaborating with Professor Jennifer Lewis aiming to create functional vascularized kidney tissues in vitro.
Ryuji’s research has been recognized internationally, and he has received various awards including the Research Excellence Award at Discover Brigham in 2015 and 2016 and Career Development Award at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2016. He is a recipient of funding from the Uehara Memorial Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, ReproCELL, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and the Diabetic Complications Consortium.