Megumi Hada received her B.S. (1985) and M.S. (1987) in Biology from Shimane University, Japan and her Ph.D. in Biology from Kobe University, Japan (1992). Her graduate work involved UV-B effects on yeast cells. During her postdoctoral and assistant professorship at Kobe University, she worked on UV-induced DNA damage and repair in higher plants. Her research focused on the elucidation of the photo enzymatic repair enzyme. She also worked in the molecular biology and protein engineering field as a research associate at Kyoto University. In 2001, she moved to Brookhaven National Laboratory as a senior research associate and worked on clustered DNA damage induced by heavy ion radiation.
Dr. Hada joined USRA’s Division of Space Life Sciences in 2004 and works in the NASA/JSC Radiation Biodosimetry laboratory. Her current research focuses on DNA damage induced by space radiation to include DNA single and double strand breaks, oxidative damage and chromosome aberrations.