I obtained a D.V.M. from Yamaguchi University, Japan in 2010. After working in an animal hospital in Hyogo, Japan as a veterinarian, I joined the Joint Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Yamaguchi University as a PhD candidate. I completed my PhD course in 2014 (Supervisor: Dr. Maeda) for my work on epidemiological and genetical study on animal coronavirus. I started working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Research Institute for Microbial Diseases (RIMD), Osaka University, Japan, focusing on human coronavirus, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus by using a reverse genetics approach. I joined Dr. Shresta’s Lab in LJI in April 2019.
My research project focuses on the responses of macrophages and dendritic cells against flavivirus infection. These cells are extremely important for early responses against viral infection and affect the subsequent immune responses. I want to understand the cellular mechanism that are implicated in the protection against flavivirus infections and/or how flaviviruses utilize these cells for viral infection.
I want to pursue a career in scientific research focusing on the understanding of how pathological viruses induce diseases by using both a virologic and host immunological viewpoint. I want to contribute to the development of therapeutics and vaccines against viral infections by deeply understanding the pathological conditions of viral diseases.