PROFILES

koji-hisatake

Dr. Koji Hisatake

Professor, Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of Gene Regulation
Head of the Medical English Communications Center

Professor Hisatake’s areas of research are the regulatory mechanism of eukaryotic transcription as well as the epigenetic regulation of iPSC induction. He teaches courses in biochemistry and molecular biology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition to his research and teaching duties, he is involved in coordination of the G30 program and internationalization of the Medical Faculty as part of the university’s internationalization efforts.

F. Miyamasu

Flaminia Miyamasu

Associate Professor, English for Medical Purposes
Medical English Communications Center

Ms Miyamasu is a board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences (BELS) http://www.bels.org. She has taught English for Medical Purposes (EMP) at the Faculty of Medicine since 2003. In 2010, she helped establish the faculty’s Medical English Communications Center. She is the coauthor of a Japanese-to-English medical dictionary, 医療英会話キーワード辞典: Medical English for Hospital Staff (Igaku Shoin publishers, 2019) and has written articles on EMP pedagogy as well as on literary discourse (her main interest before coming to the Faculty of Medicine). She has also coauthored several English textbooks for Japanese junior-high-school students. She is an English Editorial Associate of the Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology. The courses she teaches at the faculty include Clinical Communication in English (undergraduate level), English Medical Terminology (undergraduate level), English Skills for the Clinical Interview (undergraduate level), Preparation for the IELTS Exam (undergraduate level), English for Medical Science and Technology (master’s level), and Technical English in Medical Sciences (doctoral level).

Thomas Mayers

Thomas Mayers

Assistant Professor, English for Medical Purposes
Medical English Communications Center

Thomas joined the University of Tsukuba in 2014. He has over 15 years of English teaching experience in Japan in national and private universities, with particular expertise in teaching scientific and medical English at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Alongside teaching activities and editing work for MECC, Thomas is also involved in many of the international activities of the university and regularly gives lectures and workshops at partner universities overseas. Since joining Tsukuba, his research has been on 3 different topics: medical English education, end-of-life care, and nursing science, but the driving force uniting all of these is a desire to promote person-centered care. Thomas is also an active volunteer and charity fundraiser at the University of Tsukuba Hospital. The courses that Thomas teaches at the faculty include Clinical Communication in English (undergraduate level), English in Medical Science and Technology (master’s level), Mastering the TOEFL IBT (undergraduate level), English for Specialized Subjects (undergraduate level), and Scientific Presentation and Discussion (doctoral level).

Bryan Mathis

Bryan J. Mathis, PhD

Assistant Professor, English for Medical Purposes
Medical English Communications Center

Bryan holds a doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and specializes in cardiovascular immunology. He regularly publishes research in clinical cardiology, glioblastoma therapy, women’s sports physiology, and nursing. He has also created classes for medical, masters, and doctoral level students and is a medical English instructor in the core medical curriculum. He has over 9 years of experience in teaching at the undergraduate level and has spent over 7 years living in Japan. At MECC, Bryan researches techniques to bridge the cultural gap between Western and Eastern scientists in addition to providing knowledge and professional editing support to other faculty. Additional support for international efforts (Sakura Program, Summer Research Program), faculty committees, and faculty development are provided on demand. As a member of the English-for-Medical-Purposes Research Group, he brings scientific rigor and analysis to collaborate on original English for Medical Purposes research projects. The courses that Bryan teaches at the faculty include English Topics in Science (doctoral level), Scientific Writing & Reading (master’s level), Scientific Ethics (master’s and doctoral levels), English in Medical Science and Technology (master’s level), Clinical Communication in English (undergraduate level), and Specialized English for Medicine (upperclass level).