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The Department of Microbiology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kumamoto University is working to analyze
the molecular pathogenesis of infectious diseases and cancer from a new perspective based on sulfur metabolism,
as well as to develop new treatments for these diseases.
The origin of medical education in Kumamoto is said to be the "Saishunkan Medical Dormitory" established by Shigeken Hosokawa, the lord of the Higo domain, in 1756. Furthermore, Shibasaburo Kitasato, who is known as the father of bacteriology in Japan, studied under a Dutch doctor, Dr. Mansfeldt, as a medical student at the "Kojo Medical School" established by the Kumamoto domain in 1870.
The Department of Microbiology was established in 1907, shortly after the private Kumamoto Medical School, the predecessor of Kumamoto University School of Medicine, was approved as a medical school.
Since the inauguration of the first Professor Hidekazu Nakajima, the following professors have been appointed: the 2nd Professor Toyokichi Ohtahara (Kumamoto Medical College), the 3rd Professor Tokichi Rokutanda (National Kumamoto University School of Medicine), the 4th Professor Yorio Hinuma (National Kumamoto University School of Medicine), the 5th Professor Hiroshi Maeda (moved to National University Corporation), the 6th Professor Takaaki Akaike (Kumamoto University Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Microbiology; currently Tohoku University), and the current Professor Tomoaki Sawa (Department of Microbiology, Kumamoto University Graduate School of Life Sciences), have taken over the Department of Microbiology and have a history of more than 100 years.
Our department has produced many researchers and educators who have led the field of infectious diseases not only in Japan but also in the world.
Inheriting this illustrious tradition, since 2014, under the leadership of Professor Tomohiro Sawa, we have been conducting research on the molecular pathogenesis of infectious diseases, immunity, and cancer from the new perspective of sulfur metabolism, while at the same time providing undergraduate and graduate education for the development of outstanding human resources.
In our laboratory, we are conducting basic research to understand the mechanisms of infectious diseases caused by bacteria and viruses at the molecular level, and to obtain knowledge that can be applied to effective prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. In particular, we are studying the stress response mechanisms of pathogens and host cells in the field of infection using the latest analytical techniques. We are currently working on the following research projects.
VI~IX are projects in Virus Research Section.
Please also see our research projects site.
Please also see our publication site.
Members in the Virus Research Section are here.
Tomohiro Sawa, PhD. (Professor)
Hiroyasu Tsutsuki, PhD. (Lecturer)
Katsuhiko Ono, PhD. (Assistant Professor)
Tianli Zhang/Chou Tachikara, PhD. (Research Fellow)
Toshio Kasamatsu, PhD. (Research Associate)
Eriko Doi (Technical Assistant)
Azizur Rahman (D4)
Toya Toyomoto (D3)
Kei-ichi Yamamoto (D3)
Xiaoyan Li (D3)
Foysal Hossen (D3)
Chunyu Guo (D2)
Heng Zhong (D1)
Rika Fukushima (D1)
Ayaka Uegama (M1)
Kenki Miyao (Under Graduate, Medical School)
Miyu Nakano (Under Graduate, Medical School)
Ryoutarou Nakamata (Under Graduate, Medical School)
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Department of Microbiology
Graduate School of Medical Sciences
1-1-1 Honjo, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto-shi, 860-8556 JAPAN