Tanaka Lab

Personal Statement

My career goal is to contribute to human health through scientific discoveries and innovations. After receiving my medical degree from Kyoto University in Japan, I took a career path as a surgeon. During my five-year career as a surgical oncologist, I saw many cancer patients who developed very aggressive tumors. Because none of the treatments were effective, I realized the necessity of transformational developments leading to new treatments for cancer patients."


The Tanaka Laboratory is working on the mechanisms of genome instability, an enabling characteristic that drives unlimited proliferation and metastatic potential. Genomic amplification is a form of genome instability and is associated with abnormal chromosome structures. The Tanaka Lab is investigating how genomic amplification arises and how we can prevent genomic amplification from occurring, leading to improved treatments for patients.
Meet Our Team

Learn more about the scientists, faculty members, investigators and other healthcare professionals of the Tanaka Laboratory, whose dedicated efforts lead to groundbreaking discoveries.

Watanabe T, Marotta M, Suzuki R, Diede SJ, Tapscott SJ, Niida A, Chen X, Mouakkad L, Kondratova A, Giuliano AE, Orsulic S, Tanaka H.

Cell Rep. 2017 Nov 21;21(8):2223-2235.

Marotta M, Onodera T, Johnson J, Budd GT, Watanabe T, Cui X, Giuliano AE, Niida A, Tanaka, H.

Sci Rep. 2017 Feb 17;7:41921.

Kondratova A, Watanabe T, Marotta M, Cannon M, Segall AM, Serre D, Tanaka H.

Nucleic Acids Res. 2015 Mar 11;43(5):2678–2690.

Contact the Tanaka Lab

8700 Beverly Blvd.
Davis Building, Room 2058
Los Angeles, CA 90048