Nippon Foundation Social Innovation Award (2018)
The University of Tokyo President’s Award (2019)
Born in Tokyo, I became inspired by the impact of microbiologists’ discoveries in the ”Microbe Hunters” and realised that as a physician-scientist, I could engage in translational research to contribute to society in a meaningful way. My current interest lies in understanding cell behaviour in both the stem cell compartment and the immune response. Just as individual cells work together to create functional human beings, individual human beings work together to create functional societies. I hope that my research into multicellularity will not only lead to clinical benefits but will also provide fundamental insights into the meta rules governing how societies function.