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Dr Yosuke Matsumiya

Dr Yosuke Matsumiya

Prizes and Scholarships

2023 JSOG Congress Award

2023 Sakaguchi Foundation scholarship

2021 Jowett scholarship (Balliol College, Oxford)

2021 Oxford-Kobe scholarship

2020 Keio University Best Teacher Award

Yosuke Matsumiya


DPhil Student

  • PI Groups: Professor Manu Vatish, Professor Jo Poulton, Professor Karl Morten


I studied preclinical Medicine at Churchill College, Cambridge, and completed my clinical training at Guy's, King's and Thomas' School of Medicine in London. After qualifying as a medical doctor, I entered the Oxford Foundation Programme and Specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Health Education Thames Valley (formerly the Oxford Deanery), becoming a Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG) in 2016.

I spent three years out of programme in Japan where I secured a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo. At the same time, I was appointed as visiting lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at Keio University working with Professor Tim Minton OBE, where I won a Best Teacher Award nominated by the students in the 2019-2020 academic year.

During my time in Japan I facilitated a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between RCOG and JSOG (Japanese Society of Obstetrics & Gynaecology), and was invited by the British Embassy in Tokyo for the recognition of my work in deepening bilateral ties and to celebrate UK-Japan educational links.

I am a voluntary health advisor for WomEnpowered International (WE Int.). Founded in 2019, an association committed to empowering women and promoting gender equality in Japan.


I established a research agreement between the University of Oxford and a Japanese biopharmaceutical company called LUCA Science, who have developed a proprietary method for isolating intact mitochondria and used these to demonstrate significant improvements in cellular and organ function.

My project looks at whether the technology can be used to donate isolated mitochondria as a treatment for placental diseases, such as fetal growth restriction, as well as researching the role of mitochondria in placental function and diseases.