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Michiko Watanabe, Ph.D.

Department of Pediatrics

RBC Horowitz Tower 8th Floor
(216) 844-3212


Dr. Watanabe graduated in Biological Sciences from University of California, Berkeley in 1975. She completed her Ph.D. in Biology at Wesleyan University in 1981. Dr. Watanabe is presently a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics of CWRU.


Heart Development, cardiogenesis, apoptosis, cell signaling, coronary vessel development, lymphagiogenesis, cardiac conduction system.


Jenkins MW, Duke AR, Gu S, Chiel HJ, Fujioka H, Watanabe M, Jansen ED, Rollins AM. Optical pacing of the embryonic heart. Nat Photonics. 2010 Aug 15;4:623-626.

Jenkins MW, Peterson L, Gu S, Gargesha M, Wilson DL, Watanabe M, Rollins AM. Measuring hemodynamics in the developing heart tube with four-dimensional gated Doppler optical coherence tomography. J Biomed Opt. 2010 Nov-Dec;15(6):066022.

Gargesha M, Qutaish MQ, Roy D, Steyer GJ, Watanabe M, Wilson DL. Visualization of color anatomy and molecular fluorescence in whole-mouse cryo-imaging. Comput Med Imaging Graph. 2011 Apr;35(3):195-205.

Ogba N, Doughman YQ, Chaplin LJ, Hu Y, Gargesha M, Watanabe M, Montano MM. HEXIM1 modulates vascular endothelial growth factor expression and function in breast epithelial cells and mammary gland. Oncogene. 2010 Jun 24;29(25):3639-49.

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