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Yuta Shirogane Last modified date:2019.06.27

Department of Virology, Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University .
Academic Degree
M.D.-Ph.D. (Kyushu University, school of medicine)
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
A virus infects the living cells of other organisms and reproduces itself. We study interactions between different viruses in the same host cell. Co-infection of different viruses in the same cell result in not a simple sum of each phenotype, but sometimes 'cooperative or 'interfering' interactions.
Our goal is to elucidate universal mechanisms of virus replication by investigating a variety of interactions between different viruses. In addition, we are trying to develop new virological methods applicable to all virus species to study their interactions.
Research Interests
  • Measles virus (MV) is the causative agent of measles, which rarely infects human brain and causes lethal subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE).
    Actually, MV does not infect human brain which does not have its host receptors. However, MV evolves and gains the ability to grow in human brain. We continue to study how it occurs.
    We also study how different species of viruses interact with each other, which may promisingly lead us to understanding common mechanisms of virus replication.
    We hope that our basic sciences will contribute to improvement of public welfare.
    keyword : measles virus, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, mumps virus, evolution, interaction
Academic Activities
Membership in Academic Society
  • Japanese society of virology