Dr. Yamanaka obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California at
Berkeley, where he studied the genetics and biochemistry of the
nervous system. As a scientist in academia and the biotech industry,
he cloned, expressed and characterized proteins of pharmacological
interest, performed research on the molecular biology of animal
viruses and parasites, and developed viral vaccines. He has broad
scientific knowledge in biotechnology including molecular biology,
virology, vaccinology, and pharmacology.
Dr. Yamanaka is an active
member of the Association of University Technology Managers (“AUTM”).
He was on the planning committee of the 2008 AUTM Western Regional
Meeting. He was also a speaker at the meeting, presenting a talk on
Dr. Yamanaka has over twenty scientific publications. Some of his
most relevant include:
Yamanaka, M., et al. (1984). Cloning and sequence analysis of the
cDNA for the rat atrial natriuretic factor precursor. Nature
309, 719 - 722.
Yamanaka, M.K., et al. (1987). Structure and expression of the
Drosophila calmodulin gene. Nuc. Acids Res. 15, 3335 -
Yamanaka, M., et al. (1988). Cloning and sequence analysis of the
hemagglutinin gene of the virulent strain of rinderpest virus.
Virology 166, 251 - 253.
Yilma, T., Hsu, D., Jones, L., Owens, S., Grubman, M., Yamanaka, M.
and Dale, B. (1988) Protection of cattle against rinderpest with
vaccinia virus recombinants expressing the HA or F gene. Science
242, 1058 - 1061.
Spratt, S.K., Tatsuno, G.P., Yamanaka, M.K., et al. (1990). Cloning
and expression of human insulin-like growth factor binding protein 3.
Growth Factors 3, 63 - 72.
Heath, A.W., Arfsten, A., Yamanaka, M., et al. Vaccination against
the cat flea Ctenocephalides felis felis. Parasite Immunol.
16, 187 - 191.
Yamanaka, M. and Yilma, T. (1998). Altered plaque formation by
recombinant vaccinia virus expressing simian immunodeficiency virus
Nef. J. Virology 72, 5291 - 5295.