I finished my medical education and foundation training in Japan. I have an intense interest in immunology, which encouraged me to complete a master's degree in immunology at Imperial College London before embarking on my DPhil at Oxford.
As for the project for my master, I investigated the differentiations of the innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) following immunotherapy, trying to elucidate how the innate lymphoid cells can contribute to the establishment of immunotolerance as well as to the pathogenesis of allergic diseases.
As a DPhil student, my project is focusing not only on innate lymphoid cells in the placental tissues but also on Hofbauer cells, a type of macrophages found in the placental chorionic villi. We want to know how the innate lymphoid cells can be involved in the pathological process of pregnancy related diseases such as preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). We will also investigate how the phagocytic ability of Hofbauer cells can affect the occurrence of these diseases.
My supervisors are Dr. Manu Vatish and Dr. Wei Zhang.