Toshiro Hara, Ph.D.​

Assistant Professor

Toshi received his B.S. from Osaka University, Japan, and his Ph.D. in Life Sciences from the University of Tokyo for studies on the metabolic regulation of macrophages with Dr. Motoharu Seiki at the Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo. He was trained as a molecular biologist. He then joined the laboratory of Dr. Inder Verma, later of Dr. Tony Hunter, at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla. He initiated his postdoctoral work on intratumoral heterogeneity in glioblastoma by combining a mouse model of glioma with lineage tracing approaches, including lentiviral barcoding for single-cell RNA-seq in collaboration with Dr. Aviv Regev at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. In 2019, he then, as a research fellow, joined Dr. Mario Suva’s laboratory in the Department of Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS), and the Broad Institute. His postdoctoral studies delineated cellular states and plasticity in human glioblastoma and uncovered their molecular and cellular determinants. Working with clinical fellows and computational scientists, Toshi identified the joy of collaboration and the power of diverse perspectives in a team.

He also learned the importance of blending and balancing free minds and focus, not either of them, for scientific endeavors.


2023    Biological Sciences Scholar, University of Michigan
2023    AACR-American Brain Tumor Association Scholar-in-Training Award
2022    2022 HMS Pathology Research Celebration, Winner, Harvard Medical School
2022    UJA Outstanding Research Paper Award, United Japanese Researchers Around the world
2022    Celebration of Science 2022 Poster of Distinction Award, MGH
2021    MGRI Image Award – Russell Museum Selection/ 2022 CNY Art show, MGH
2021    Poster award, MGH Center for Cancer Research (CCR)
2021    Translation Science Award – MGH Clinical Research Day 2021, MGH
2021    Departmental Award – MGH Clinical Research Day 2021, MGH
2019    Kanae Foundation for the Promotion of Medical Science Award
2019    Society of Research Fellows Award, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
2016    JSPS Overseas Research Fellowship
2014    SENSHIN Medical Research Foundation Award
2013    Excellent Research Award for outstanding PhD thesis, University of Tokyo
2012   Grant-in-aid for Young Cancer Scientist Collaboration Research
2012    Young Scientist Superior Oral Presentation Award, University of Tokyo
2012    Excellent Presentation Award, IMSUT and RCAST Global COE Program, OIST, Japan,
2012    Presentation award, Protein modifications in Pathogenic Dysregulation of Signaling
2012    Best presentation award, The 13th Meeting of Young Cancer Scientist, Japan
2011   Grant-in-aid for Young Cancer Scientist Collaboration Research
2011    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) PhD Fellowship
2010    Poster award, The 19th Annual Meeting of The Japanese Association for Metastasis Research
2009    Young Scientist Superior Oral Presentation Award, University of Tokyo