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Saki Ichikawa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Molecular Medicine

Cornell University

Saki Ichikawa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University. She obtained a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Tokyo (2014), where she conducted undergraduate research in the laboratory of Professor Eiichi Nakamura. In 2019, Saki received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under the guidance of Professor Stephen L. Buchwald. While at MIT, she focused on the development of copper-catalyzed asymmetric hydroamination reactions. After graduation, she joined the laboratory of Professor Christina M. Woo at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow, where she investigated natural substrate recognition mechanisms of the E3 ligase adapter cereblon. Saki started her independent career at Cornell University in October 2023. By integrating chemical biology, organic chemistry, and chemical proteomics, Saki's independent research aims to address significant questions in the chemistry and biology of protein modifications. Outside of the lab, she enjoys birdwatching and learning all about birds.

Email: saki.ichikawa (at)

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