IGARASHI Makoto Professor

ThemeElucidation of parasitic mechanism of protozoa

My DreamElucidation of parasitic mechanism of protozoa


National Research Center for Protozoan Diseases/Department of Disease Control/Research Unit for Infection and PathologyNational Research Center for Protozoan Diseases/Department of Global Cooperation/International Cooperation UnitResearch Center for Global Agromedicine/Department of Veterinary Medicine
Field Protozoology
Keyword Protozoa, Toxoplasma, Gene, Parasitism, Pathogen


Toxoplasma is a zoonotic disease by which 20% to 30% people of the world's population are latently-infected.
Toxoplasma makes serious problem on immune-suppressive people such as HIV patients, aging, etc. and on congenitally infected infants. This laboratory is working on the unraveling the mechanism of Toxoplasma's parasitism on hosts.
Focusing on pets that are familiar to humans, we are investigating the infection status of parasites that are a problem in public health.

List of current research topics

  • Biochemical analysis of Toxoplasma oocyst wall protein.
  • Vaccine development against Toxoplasmosis.
  • Understanding the transition process from acute to chronic infection of Toxoplasma.
  • Epidemiological investigation of intestinal parasites.
Academic degree PhD
License Veterinarian
Self introduction

Thank you.

Room addressNational Research Center for Protozoan Diseases
Mail address makoto atmark obihiro.ac.jp