Ayako Ishizu (Uses the name Ayako Nakamura-Ishizu for publication) received M.D. from Tokyo Women's Medical University (TWMU). After completing residency in Internal Medicine (Hematology), she pursued studies in histology and developmental biology at TWMU and received her Ph.D. in 2009. She then transferred to Professor Toshio Suda's lab at Keio University for post-doctorate studies. She continues her works under Professor Suda, currently as a senior research scientist, in the Cancer Science Institute, National University of Singapore. Her research interest lies in the basic science in hematopoietic stem cells, especially on how their cell fate (survival and differentiation) depend on the microenvironment that they reside in.