Professor Katsunori Yanagihara

Speciality / Research theme / Keywords
Laboratory Medicine
Masters Programme

Five MOST IMPORTANT/INTERESTING recent publications

  1. Yanagihara K, et al. :Antimicrobial susceptibility and molecular characteristic of 857 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates from 16 medical centers in Japan (2008-2009): Nationwide survey of community-acquired and nosocomial MRSA. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 72: 253-257, 2012
  2. Yanagihara K, et al. Evaluation of Pathogen Detection from Clinical Samples by Real-Time PCR using a Sepsis Pathogen DNA Detection Kit. Critical Care; 14(4): R159. 2010
  3. Morinaga Y, Yanagihara K, et al.. Legionella pneumophila induces cathepsin B-dependent necrotic cell death with releasing high mobility group box1 in macrophages. Respiratory Research. 11: 158, 2010
  4. Nakamura S, Yanagihara K, et al.: Melting curve analysis for rapid detection of topoisomerase gene mutations in Haemophilus influenzae. J Clin Microbiol. 47: 781-784, 2009
  5. Yanagihara K, et al.: Subinhibitory concentrations of telithromycin, clarithromycin, and azithromycin reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus coagulase in vitro and in vivo. J. Antimicrob. Chemother. 61(3): 647-50, 2008


I specialize in laboratory diagnosis and clinical microbiology. To obtain accurate clinical diagnoses, comprehensive scientific skills for interpretation of test data are required. Our aim is that students will obtain the basic knowledge needed to understand the interpretative principles of various kinds of tests and pathophysiological mechanisms showing abnormal values.

Clinical microbiology is the science of identifying contagia and their characteristics. It comprises the basis of infectious disease diagnosis, the importance of which is being recognized increasingly year by year. Along with the progress in scientific technology and its implementation, molecular diagnosis has come to be widely adopted. We will provide the latest information to students in our lectures and practice.