Dr. Suzuki received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University conducting her thesis research with Richard D. Klausner, M.D. at the National Institutes of Health, USA where she studied protein quality control mechanisms in the secretory pathway, which ensure that the T-cell antigen receptor is properly expressed on the plasma membrane of cells. She was a post-doctoral fellow with Gottfried Schatz, Ph.D. at the Biozentrum at the University of Basel, Switzerland where she embarked on studies focusing on the function of ATP-dependent proteases and chaperones in mitochondrial biogenesis and proteostasis. Since joining New Jersey Medical School in 1998, the Suzuki Lab has contributed to understanding the impact of the mitochondrial ATP-dependent LonP1 protease in proteostasis, mitochondrial energy metabolism and disease pathogenesis. Her lab is also exploring post-translational modifications that regulate TFAM, which is an essential activator of mitochondrial transcription and a key participant in mitochondrial DNA replication.
BSC, 1984, University of Illinois at Urbana, Biological Sciences
PHD, 1992, Johns Hopkins University, Cell Biology
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