11Jan. 2018

Dr. Shivani Sharma visited SaitamaUniversity and Saitama Cancer Center, and gave a seminar 

Prof. Masami Suganuma 


Dr. Shivani Sharma, associate director, Nano Pico Characterization Lab, California Nanosystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, visited Dr. Yoshikawa’s Laboratory at Saitama University and Prof. Suganuma’s Lab at Research Institute for Clinical Oncology, Saitama Cancer Center, from November 7th to 10th, 2017. Dr. Shivani is an active young scientist in Prof. Gimzewski’s group, and she gave a TEDx talk just 2 days before leaving Los Angeles.

Exosomes: nanoparticles offering a new future to cure disease | Shivani Sharma | TEDxManhattanBeach


The purpose of her visit was to discuss joint grant applications in collaboration with Drs. Yoshikawa, Kobayashi, Kawamura, and Suganuma, Division of Strategic Research on Life Nano-Bioscience. Dr. Shivani also discussed ongoing collaborative research with Prof. Suganuma in relation to stiffness of cancer cells, especially circulating tumor cells.


On the first and third days, Dr. Sharma discussed with all members of Suganuma’s Lab, their research, and did a lab-tour. On the second day, Dr. Sharma made a tour of Dr. Yoshikawa’s Lab, and had discussion with his students and Drs. Kawamura and Kobayashi.


The final day, she gave a talk entitled “Probing the mechanobiology of cancer: tissue, cellular and sub cellular scales,” at Saitama University. She presented their recent work on development of a new devise for cancer diagnosis using stiffness of tissues and characteristics of exosomes analyzed by Atomic force microscope. This was a part of MOU between California NanoSystem Institute, UCLA, and Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University, which had been agreed on in 2016.

  • Dr. Sharma looked at analysis of CTCs in a blood sample
  • Dr. Sharma gave a seminar
  • Meeting with Drs. Yoshikawa & Kobayashi
  • This picture with Dr. Sharma and all participants was taken just after her seminar.