I’m mainly conducting researches on infection control of various viruses that cause diseases in humans and animals, including SARS-CoV-2, influenza virus, and norovirus. Specifically, the following researches are performed. (i) research for searching and identification of novel virucidal and antiviral compounds and their application to virus control measures, (ii) epidemiological study of viruses that cause diseases in animals, (iii) research for the establishment of rapid and easy diagnostic methods for various pathogenic viruses. As for (i), I’m searching naturally-derived virucidal and antiviral compounds with my collaborators, and analyzing the mechanisms of action of these compounds. We are also performing the research aimed at applying these compounds as naturally-derived disinfectants, antiviral materials/products, and antiviral drugs (Figure). As for (ii), we are trying to isolate pathogenic viruses and clarifying the properties of the viruses that are currently circulating in animals through genetic and virological analyses. For research (3), we are conducting the research aimed at developing and improving diagnostic methods that can specifically detect infection with various pathogenic viruses.
List of current research topics
Search for naturally-derived virucidal/antiviral compounds and their application to novel virus inactivating agents, therapeutic methods, and vaccines
Epidemiological study for characterization of animal pathogenic viruses circulating in the field
Development and improvement of rapid and easy detection methods for pathogenic viruses
Veterinary medicine, Medical science
Affiliated academic society
The Japanese Society of Veterinary Science
I'm from Hokkaido, Japan. I've conducted research on antitumor immunity. I've been particularly involved in research that aims for the practical application of safe, effective antitumor adjuvants (immunostimulants). Since being hired by Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, I've been conducting researches aimed at improving and expanding the infection control measures for various viruses that cause diseases in animals and humans.