Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Senior Lecturer







605Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





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Dr Masahiro Ono was originally trained as a dermatologist, and later specialised in immunology. He obtained his PhD in 2006 by a study on regulatory T cells (Treg), and later identified the interaction of the Treg-specific transcription factor Foxp3 and the transcription factor Runx1. In 2009, he obtained a HFSP Fellowship, and joined University College London (UCL), when he established a new genomic analysis tool using a multidimensional method, Canonical Correspondence Analysis (CCA). In 2012, he was awarded a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship, and established his lab in UCL. In 2015, he moved in the Department of Life Sciences, Imperial, and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in 2018.

Recently, the Ono group has established a novel tool for analysing temporal dynamics of cellular differentiation and activation in vivo, Timer-of-Cell-Kinetics-and-Activity (Tocky とき), and his group is using this tool to investigate mechanisms underlying T cell differentiation and T cell-mediated immune response.



Papaioannou E, Yanez DC, Ross S, et al., 2019, Sonic Hedgehog signaling limits atopic dermatitis via Gli2-driven immune regulation, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Vol:129, ISSN:0021-9738, Pages:3153-3170

Mengrelis K, Lau C-I, Rowell J, et al., 2019, Sonic Hedgehog Is a Determinant of gamma delta T-Cell Differentiation in the Thymus, Frontiers in Immunology, Vol:10, ISSN:1664-3224

Bending D, Ono M, 2019, From stability to dynamics: understanding molecular mechanisms of regulatory T cells through Foxp3 transcriptional dynamics, Clinical and Experimental Immunology, Vol:197, ISSN:1365-2249, Pages:14-23

Yanez DC, Sahni H, Ross S, et al., 2019, IFITM proteins drive type 2 T helper cell differentiation and exacerbate allergic airway inflammation, European Journal of Immunology, Vol:49, ISSN:0014-2980, Pages:66-78

Bending D, Paduraru A, Ducker C, et al., 2018, A temporally dynamic Foxp3 autoregulatory transcriptional circuit controls the effector Treg programme, The Embo Journal, Vol:37, ISSN:0261-4189

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