Akinori Takaoka, a holder of M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, graduated from the Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine in 1992 and gained his Ph.D. and M.D. degrees from the same university in 1996. He trained as a Postdoctoral Fellow and worked as a Research Associate at the Department of Immunology, Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine, at University of Tokyo. In this department, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in 2000 and as a Lecturer in 2002. Then, he was promoted to Professor in a current position to initiate a new laboratory at the Hokkaido University in 2007 and also became a Chief of the Research Center for Infection-associated Cancer in the same institute in 2009. His research interests include the characterization of molecular mechanisms underlying cellular response to microbial infection and cancer, which contributes to the identification of possible therapeutic targets. Particularly, his current research has been focused on pattern-recognition receptors that trigger the activation of innate immune responses.
Biography Updated on 17 October 2011