National Research Center for Protozoan Diseases/Department of Infection and Immunity/Research Unit for Vector BiologyNational Research Center for Protozoan Diseases/Department of Global Cooperation/Research Unit for International SurveillanceResearch Center for Global Agromedicine/Department of Veterinary Medicine
||Vector biology, Molecular biology, Innate immunity, Parasitology
||Malaria parasite, Filaria, Heartworm, Mosquito, Wildlife, Bear, Deer
The prevention of transmission of infectious diseases by pathogen-mediated vectors is an important issue for animals and people. The propagation of pathogens by vectors is caused not only by the simple and automatic movement of pathogens through blood-sucking behavior, but also by complex processes of differentiation and proliferation within a vector that enable the next generation to become infected. To contribute to the control of infectious diseases such as malaria and canine filariasis that are transmitted by societally harmful mosquitoes found around the world, members of my lab try to clarify how pathogens are transmitted to vector insects at the molecular level.
To clarify how pathogens infect vectors, we research pathogen-mediated mechanisms at the molecular level by applying genetic modification techniques to both the pathogen and the insect vector. In addition, we develop ways to utilize pathogens that deliver molecules to vectors and mammals.
In contrast to the above research, we study ways to improve methods for capturing wild animals that inhabit Hokkaido, such as brown bears and Hokkaido sika deer, and the epidemiology of wild animal infections.
|Affiliated academic society
||The Japan Society of Medical Entomology and Zoology, The Japanese Society of Veterinary Science, The Molecular Biology Society of Japan, The Japanese Society of Parasitology, Japanese Society of Food Microbiology, The Japanese Biological Safety Association
I go back and forth between basic research on pathogen-mediated vectors and field surveys involving wildlife capture. Although problems of harmful birds and beasts have emerged as a result of decreases in the number of hunters, I hope to be able to contribute to the local community by fostering hunters at the university.
|Room address||General Research Building 4|