Short CV/Education and training

  • 1999
    Ph.D. in medical sciences, Osaka University, Japan

  • 1999 – 2000
    Post-doctoral research fellow, Osaka University

  • 2000 – 2002
    Post-doctoral research fellow, Biozentrum of the University of Basel, Switzerland

  • 2002 – 2005
    Post-doctoral research fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Geneva

  • 2005
    Independent postdoctoral research fellow supported by Programme Marie Heim-Vögtlin fellowship from Swiss National Science Foundation

  • Since 2007
    Assistant professor (Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship), University of Geneva

Selected publications

  • Fujita M., Watanabe R., Jaensch N., Romanova-Michaelides M., Satoh T., Kato M., Riezman H., Yamaguchi Y., Maeda Y., and Kinoshita T. Sorting of GPI-anchored proteins into ER-exit sites by p24 proteins is dependent on remodeled GPI. J Cell Biol. 2011, 194(1):61-75.

  • Rivier A.S., Castillon G.A., Michon L., Fukasawa M., Romanova-Michaelides M., Jaensch N., Hanada K. and Watanabe R. Exit of GPI-anchored proteins from the ER differs in yeast and mammalian cells. Traffic. 2010,11(8):1017-33. Corresponding author.

  • Castillon GA, Watanabe R, Taylor M, Schwabe TM, Riezman H. Concentration

    of GPI-anchored Proteins upon ER exit in Yeast. Traffic. 2009,10(2):186-200.

  • Watanabe R, Castillon GA, Meury A, Riezman H. The presence of an ER exit

    signal determines the protein sorting upon ER exit in yeast. Biochem J. 2008, 414(2):237-45. The two first authors contributed equally.

  • Sobering AK, Watanabe R, Romeo MJ, Yan BC, Specht CA, Orlean P, Riezman H, LevinDE Yeast Ras regulates the complex that catalyzes the first step in GPI-anchor biosynthesis at the ER. Cell 2004, 117:637-648 The three first authors contributed equally.

  • Watanabe R, Funato K, Venkataraman K, Futerman AH, Riezman H: Sphingolipids are required for the stable membrane association of glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins in yeast. J Biol Chem 2002, 277:49538-49544.

  • Watanabe R, Murakami Y, Marmor MD, Inoue N, Maeda Y, Hino J, Kangawa K, Julius M, Kinoshita T: Initial enzyme for glycosylphosphatidylinositol biosynthesis requires PIG-P and is regulated by DPM2. Embo J 2000, 19:4402-4411.

  • Watanabe R, Ohishi K, Maeda Y, Nakamura N, Kinoshita T: Mammalian PIG-L and its yeast homologue Gpi12p are N-acetylglucosaminylphosphatidylinositol de-N-acetylases essential in glycosylphosphatidylinositol biosynthesis. Biochem J 1999, 339 (Pt 1):185-192.

  • Watanabe R, Inoue N, Westfall B, Taron CH, Orlean P, Takeda J, Kinoshita T: The first step of glycosylphosphatidylinositol biosynthesis is mediated by a complex of PIG-A, PIG-H, PIG-C and GPI1. Embo J 1998, 17:877-885.

  • Watanabe R, Kinoshita T, Masaki R, Yamamoto A, Takeda J, Inoue N: PIG-A and PIG-H, which participate in glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor biosynthesis, form a protein complex in the endoplasmic reticulum. J Biol Chem 1996, 271:26868-26875.

  • Watanabe R, Masui R, Mikawa T, Takamatsu S, Kato R, Kuramitsu S: Interaction of Escherichia coli RecA protein with ATP and its analogues. J Biochem (Tokyo) 1994, 116:960-966.

Selected projects

  • Membrane traffic and lipid metabolism in epithelium

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Molecular Biology Society of Japan


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