Shozo joined Yohei Kirino's Lab in 2011 as a postdoctoral researcher. He specializes in biochemistry and molecular biology. His research is focused on the biogenesis and function of PIWI interacting RNA (piRNA) and tRNA functions in cancer. He received his PhD from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (Johji Inazawa Lab), Japan. During his PhD studies, he developed an original BAC-based X-tiling array and discovered novel pathogenic copy number variations (CNVs) related to X-linked mental retardation (XLMR).
- Honda, S, Kirino, Y. SHOT-RNAs: a novel class of tRNA-derived functional RNAs expressed in hormone-dependent cancers. Molecular & Cellular Oncology. 2015;3:2. doi: 10.1080/23723556.2015.1079672.
- Shigematsu, M, Honda, S, Kirino, Y (2014) "Transfer RNA as a Source of Small Functional RNA"J Mol Biol & Mol Imaging 1(2): 8 doi: Download
- Honda, S and Kirino, Y (2013) “PIWIL1 (piwi-like RNA-mediated gene silencing 1)” Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. 17(12):833-836. doi: Genes/PIWIL1ID46561ch12q24