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.