Professor Asuka Nanbo

Speciality / Research theme / Keywords
Virology, Cellular biology
Masters Programme


Ph.D. (Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokkaido University), Pharmacist

Personal/work Web page addresses



  • 1999: Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokkaido University
  • 1999-2000: Research Associate, 2000-2002: JSPS Research Fellow, 2002-2003: Assistant professor, Institute for Genetic Medicine, Hokkaido University
  • 2003-2008: Assistant Scientist, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
  • 2008-2013: Lecturer at Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokkaido University
  • 2013-2019: Associate Professor at Graduate School of Medicine, Hokkaido University
  • 2019-present: Professor at CCPID, Nagasaki University


Giving lectures (Basic virology) in Nagasaki University


Because viruses consist of the nucleic acid as their genetic materials and an outer shell of protein (capsids), they are allowed to replicate by exploiting various cellular machineries. Ebolavirus and Epstein-Barr virus both cause major infectious diseases in humans, such as Ebolavirus disease and EBV-associated malignancies, respectively. We are elucidating the mechanism underlying viral replication with a focus on host membrane traffic dynamics by use of various microcopy technics. The long-term goal of our study is to provide insights into the molecular mechanisms of their pathogenesis in the aspect of host-virus interaction, which shall lead to the development of rational therapies and diagnosis for them.

The country/countries where you work currently


Five MOST IMPORTANT/INTERESTING recent publications

  1. Satoh AO, Fujioka Y, Kashiwagi S, Yoshida A, Fujioka M, Sasajima H, Nanbo A, Amano M, Ohba Y. Interaction Between PI3K and the VDAC2 Channel Tethers Ras-PI3K-positive Endosomes to Mitochondria and Promotes Endosome Maturation, Cell Reports, in press
  2. Furuyama W, Sakaguchi M, Yamada K, Nanbo A. Development of an imaging system for visualization of Ebola virus glycoprotein throughout the viral lifecycle. Front Microbiol 13:1026644. 2022
  3. Dochi H, Kondo S, Murata T, Fukuyo M, Nanbo A, Wakae, Kousho; Jiang W, Hamabe-Horiike T, Tanaka M, Nishiuchi T, Mizokami H, Moriyama-Kita M, Kobayashi E, Hirai N, Komori T, Ueno T, Nakanishi Y, Hatano M, Endo K, Sugimoto H, Wakisaka M, Juang S, Muramatsu M, Kaneda A. Yoshizaki T. Estrogen induces the expression of EBV lytic protein ZEBRA, a marker of poor prognosis in nasopharyngeal carcinoma, Cancer Science, 113(8):2862-2877. 2022
  4. Nanbo A, Furuyama W, Lin Z. RNA Virus-Encoded miRNAs: Current Insights and Future Challenges. Front Microbiol. 24 (12):679210. 2021
  5. Nanbo A. Epstein–Barr Virus exploits the secretory pathway to release virions, Microorganisms. 8, 729, 2020


Join us and enjoy the fascinating phenomenon caused by virus infection under the scope! We welcome inquiries regarding opportunities in the lab for energetic and motivated graduate students from various background.