Hokkaido University

Hiroshi Kida

Hiroshi Kida, DVM, PhD

Member of the Japan Academy
University Professor

Head
Research Center for Zoonosis Control
Hokkaido University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Ecology and pathogenesis of influenza viruses and other pathogens, Zoonoses control, Vaccinology

Chihiro Sugimoto

Chihiro Sugimoto, DVM, PhD

Professor
Division of Collaboration and Education
Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine

Head
Global Station for Zoonosis Control
Hokkaido University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Epidemiology and genomics of Tick-borne pathogens (Theileria parva, Theileria orientalis, Rickettsia), Metagenomic analysis of tick microbiomes, Epidemiology of human African trypanosomiases

Hirofumi Sawa, MD, PhD

Professor
Division of Molecular Pathobiology
Deputy Director
Research Center for Zoonosis Control
Hokkaido University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Investigation of host-pathogen interactions in virus-infected cells (Polyomaviruses, Flaviviruses, Herpesviruses, Rhadoviruses, etc.), epidemiological research on virus diseases in wildlife and domestic animals [Arboviruses (Flaviviruses, Bunyaviruses), Paramixoviruses, Orthopoxviruses, Polyomaviruses, etc.], development of therapeutic strategies and diagnostic methods for viral diseases (Dengue fever, West Nile virus encephalitis, rabies etc.)

Ayato Takada

Ayato Takada, DVM, PhD

Professor
Division of Global Epidemiology
Research Center for Zoonosis Control
Hokkaido University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Host-pathogen interactions, Viral pathogenicity and host tropism, Immune responses to viral infection, Ecology and evolution of zoonotic viruses

Yasuhiko Suzuki

Yasuhiko Suzuki, PhD

Professor
Division of Bioresources

Director

Research Center for Zoonosis Control
Hokkaido University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Development of low-cost gene diagnostic methods for tuberculosis and other bacterial diseases, Surveillance of mycobacterioses and other bacterial zoonoses, Molecular analysis of multi- and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in humans, Development and utilization of mammalian host-vector systems for producing therapeutic antibodies and other biologically active proteins

Hideaki Higashi

Hideaki Higashi, PhD

Professor
Division of Infection and Immunity
Research Center for Zoonosis Control
Hokkaido University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Anthrax is a disease of wildlife, livestock and humans that remains a public health problem throughout the world. We have been developing a safe and effective anthrax vaccine based on structural information of the Bacillus anthracis toxin. Furthermore, to control anthrax in endemic areas, we are performing surveillance of anthrax and introducing molecular diagnostic methods for the disease.

Kimihito Ito

Kimihito Ito, PhD

Professor
Division of Bioinformatics
Research Center for Zoonosis Control
Hokkaido University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Current research topics include the prediction of antigenic changes of influenza A viruses, phylogenetic analyses of pathogens, and statistical analyses of epidemiological data and experimental results. Aiming to establish strategies to predict and prevent the occurrence and epidemic spread of zoonoses, I am studying zoonotic pathogens through attempts combining informatics, computation, and biology.

Yoshihiro Sakoda, DVM, PhD

Professor
Laboratory of Microbiology, Department of Disease Control
Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine
Hokkaido University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
The origin, evolution and perpetuation mechanism of pathogens in nature, Studies on the host range, route of transmission, pathogenesis of pathogens, Development of strategies for the prevention and control of the infections

Motohiro Horiuchi, DVM, PhD

Professor
Laboratory of Veterinary Hygiene
Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine
Hokkaido University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Neuropathogenesis and treatment of prion diseases, function of neuroglia against infection, etiology of food-borne infection

Norikazu Isoda

Norikazu Isoda, DVM, PhD

Associate professor
Unit of Risk Analysis and Management
Research Center for Zoonosis Control
Hokkaido University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Risk assessment of zoonotic events and infectious diseases, Value-chain analysis, Pathogenicity of avian influenza viruses, Evaluation of mandatory surveillance of Johne’s disease in cattle in Hokkaido

Manabu Igarashi, PhD

Associate professor
Division of Global Epidemiology
Research Center for Zoonosis Control
Hokkaido University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

In silico analysis of influenza A viruses, Computational and structural biology of virus-host interaction, Structure-based vaccine and drug designs for zoonotic pathogens

Chie Nakajima, DVM, PhD

Associate professor
Division of Bioresources
Research Center for Zoonosis Control
Hokkaido University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Development of detection and typing methods for pathogenic and drug-resistant bacteria, Epidemiological survey of bacterial pathogens with zoonotic potential

Junya Yamagishi, PhD

Associate professor
Division of Collaboration and Education
Research Center for Zoonosis Control
Hokkaido University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Transcriptome in host-parasite interaction, Molecular epidemiology with NGS, Information processing in cells

Masashi Shingai, PhD

Associate professor
Laboratory for Biologics Development
Research Center for Zoonosis Control
Hokkaido University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Innate and adaptive immune responses against viral infections and viral pathogenesis. (Influenza virus, HIV-1, SIV, measles virus and so on)

Keita Matsuno, DVM, PhD

Lecturer
Laboratory of Microbiology
Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine
Hokkaido University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Virus discovery and molecular characterization, Development of virus-detection tools, Viral determinants of virulence and host range