Teru Kanda, M.D., Ph.D. (Professor) google scholar
I’ve been interested in cancer research since my student days. I was studying double minute chromosomes (nowadays called ecDNA, extrachromosomal DNA) abroad, and I got interested in EBV. EBV and double minutes share common characteristics as episomes. Since then, I’ve been into the virus for over 20 years.
Hobbies: watching professional baseball on TV, reading books, listening to music. Born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Kazufumi Ikuta, Ph.D. (Associate Professor)
My scientific curiosity is to know about viruses that coexist with us. I participated in research on EBV, which infects almost all healthy people. My current research is about cytomegalovirus; cytomegalovirus and EBV belong to the herpesviridae family. Cytomegalovirus causes congenital infections with no diagnostics or effective treatments.
Hobbies: Growing plants. Born in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture.
Hiroshi Kitamura, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)
I started my research career with the motivation to discover new phenomena not mentioned in the textbook. I have been specifically interested in the phenomenon of the cell nucleus and studied its stress response mechanism in my Ph.D. thesis. My current interest is how abnormally elevated transcription factor NRF2, which plays a central role in the oxidative stress response, is involved in the malignancy of lung cancer.
Hobbies: watching and playing sports. Born in Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture.