SUGANUMA Keisuke Associate Professor

My DreamComplete control of trypanosomiasis

ThemeDetermination of taxonomic group of trypanosome
Development of diagnostic methods and therapeutic drugs of trypanosomiasis


Parasitology, Molecular biology, Medical and veterinary entomology


Trypanosoma, Trypanosomosis, Taxonnomy, Therapeutic drug, Pathogen-mediated arthropod (especially Horse fly)

Instructable research topic for doctoral thesis

  • 新規抗トリパノソーマ活性化合物の探索
  • 家畜病原体と媒介節足動物の時空間的変動の解析
  • アブなどの吸血昆虫に対する忌避剤の開発研究
Academic degree Ph.D
License Veterinarian
Self introduction

I'm from Nagano Prefecture, and I've been indebted to Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine ever since my undergraduate days. I study trypanosome parasites, with Mongolia as my main arena of activity at present.

Room addressNational Research Center for Protozoan Diseases
Mail address k.suganuma atmark


Research Center for Global Agromedicine/Department of Veterinary MedicineNational Research Center for Protozoan Diseases/Department of Disease Control/Research Unit for Advanced Preventive MedicineNational Research Center for Protozoan Diseases/Department of Global Cooperation/Research Unit for International Surveillance


Trypanosomosis and other parasitic diseases are animal and human diseases that are mainly a problem in developing countries. While working in Mongolia as my main research field, I saw for the first time livestock suffering from trypanosomosis and farmers, and once again felt the need to control this disease. I have established an efficient method for culture acclimation of field strains of trypanosomes that infect animals, and have succeeded in establishing several new trypanosome strains. By clarifying the genetic characteristics, pathogenicity, and drug susceptibility of these field strains, I expect to establish effective countermeasures against trypanosomosis in endemic countries. I also aim to develop new therapeutic agents for animal trypanosomosis, for which no effective treatments and prophylactic strategy, and are focusing on the discovery of compounds with anti-trypanosome activity and the evaluation of their therapeutic effects. In recent years, I have also been studying blood-sucking insects (especially blood-sucking horseflies, which are a nuisance on farms) that mechanically transmit many pathogens, including trypanosomes, and greatly reduce livestock productivity due to the pain caused by blood-sucking and the large amount of blood sucked. Currently, our research field is not limited to Mongolia, but has been expanded to other Asian and African countries, with the aim of controlling blood-sucking insect-borne animal diseases such as animal trypanosomosis.