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Yosuke Matsumiya


DPhil Student

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


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, it is a membership 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.

I have been awarded the Jowett Scholarship (Balliol College) and Kobe Scholarship to look at whether the technology can be used to donate isolated mitochondria as a treatment for placental diseases, such as intra-uterine growth restriction, as well as researching the role of mitochondria in placental function and diseases, under the supervision of Professor Manu Vatish, Dr Karl Morten and Professor Jo Poulton.