Professor Jiro Yasuda

Speciality / Research theme / Keywords
Emerging Viral Diseases
Masters Programme



Personal/work Web page addresses



  • 1991: DVM, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University
  • 1994: PhD, School of Life Science, Graduate University for Advanced Studies
  • 1994: Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
  • 1996: Assistant Professor, Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo
  • 2000: Associate Professor, Institute for Genetic Medicine, Hokkaido University
  • 2003: Chief, First Department of Forensic Science, National Research Institute of Police Science, National Police Agency
  • 2010: Professor, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University


  • Analyses of replication mechanisms of highly pathogenic viruses
  • Development of novel antiviral strategies
  • Development of detection methods for highly pathogenic viruses
  • Studies on Lassa fever in Nigeria
  • Studies on endogenous retroviruses

The country/countries where you work currently

  • Japan
  • Nigeria
  • Gabon
  • Guinea
  • South Africa

Five MOST IMPORTANT/INTERESTING recent publications

  1. Abe, H., Ushijima, Y., Bikangui, R., Ondo, G.N., Lell, B., Adegnika, A.A., and *Yasuda, J.: Delays in the arrival of the waves of COVID-19: comparison between Gabon and the African continent. Lancet Microbe, in press.
  2. Moni, B.M., Sakurai, Y., and *Yasuda, J.: Ebola virus GP activates endothelial cells via host cytoskeletal signaling factors. Viruses, 14(1),142, 2022.
  3. Kinoshita, T., Watanabe, K., Sakurai, Y., Nishi, K., Yoshikawa, R., and *Yasuda, J.: Co-infection of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza virus causes more severe and prolonged pneumonia in hamsters. Scientific Reports, 11:21259, 2021.
  4. Wilkinson, E., Giovanetti, M., Tegally, H., …, Abe, H, …, Yasuda, J., et al.: A year of genomic surveillance reveals how the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic unfolded in Africa. Science, 374(6566):423-431, 2021.
  5. Zoa-Assoumou, S., Ndeboko, B., Manouana, G.P., Houechenou, R.M.A., Bikangui, R., Mveang-Nzoghe, A., Ondo, G.N., Mbongo-Kama, E., Lell, B., Abe, H., Ushijima, Y., Antchouey, A.M., Yasuda, J., Adegnika, A.A., and Siawaya JFD.: SARS-CoV-2 emerging variants in Africa: view from Gabon. Lancet Microbe, 2(8):e349, 2021.


What will you learn and master in the graduate school?
Your future vision will become clear before the completion of this master course, if you study sincerely and engage in your research with purpose and ambition.