Staff

UMEMIYA-SHIRAFUJI Rika

Associate Professor

Belongs

National Research Center for Protozoan Diseases, Department of Infection and Immunity, Research Unit for Functional Genomics

Research Center for Global Agromedicine, Department of Veterinary Medicine

Field of research Tick Biology, Veterinary Parasitology, Veterinary Entomology
Keyword Tick, Vector, Babesia, Theileria, Nutrient metabolism, Starvation, Autophagy, Oogenesis, Vitellogenin, Target of rapamycin (TOR)

Introduction

  • Ticks are obligatory hematophagous arthropods and are known to be important vectors for various pathogens for vertebrates, such as Babesia and Theileria parasites. Our laboratory researches the molecular mechanisms underlying nutrient metabolism in unfed or fed ticks and tick oogenesis. Moreover, using ticks infected with parasites, we are studying the relationship between transmission of parasites and nutrient metabolism of ticks. We aim to contribute to the development of new methods for controlling ticks and tick-borne pathogens.
  • Several species of ticks are constantly maintained as research resources in National Research Center for Protozoan Diseases. In addition to using the tick colonies for the research mentioned above, we're promoting collaborative and commissioned research to test the effects of acaricides, repellents, etc. on ticks. (Refer to the photos “A laboratory colony of Haemaphysalis longicornis.” and “Collection of ticks in the field.”)
A laboratory colony of Haemaphysalis longicornis.
Collection of ticks in the field.

List of current research topics

  • Nutrient metabolism in unfed/fed ticks
  • Oogenesis in ticks
  • Tick-protozoan parasite interactions
Related industries Veterinary medicine, Animal husbandry
Project Project for Joint Usage/Research Center (From 2017 to 2021)
"Establishment of Tick Biobank and its application to vector biology research"

Affiliated academic society The Japanese Society of Veterinary Science, Japanese Society of Veterinary Parasitologists, The Acarological Society of Japan, The Japanese Society of Parasitology, Japan Society of Medical Entomology and Zoology
Academic degree Doctor of Veterinary Sciences (PhD)
License Clinical laboratory technician
Room address National Research Center for Protozoan Diseases
Mail address umemiya atmark obihiro.ac.jp