Emerging Infectious Diseases!!
We research on emerging infectious diseases that occur both among livestock and companion animals. Infectious diseases are brought about by microbes invading the body. In particular, “emerging infectious diseases” are defined as a group of diseases, which have emerged newly among an animal group, or which had been there before, having induced both the occurence of the disease and the expanse of the pandemic areas.
It is important to research both on pathogens and on hosts to understand infectious diseases. In addition, we research on vectors, which transmit the pathogens to the hosts. “Ticks” are the typical vectors. They survive by sucking blood either from ticks or from humans. During bloodsucking, they can transmit many pathogens (ex, viruses, rickettsiae, protozoan).
We are analyzing the strategies of ticks' survival and the mechanism of pathogen transmission by molecular biological methods.
Dear postdoctoral fellows and graduate students
Our laboratory has been established several years ago at Kagoshima university. We are researching using molecular biological methods, mainly while we have seen the fact that infection is one of life phenomenon on our own eyes.
If you want to conduct interesting and unique experiments, as you may be passionate like Mt. Sakurajima, will you research with us?