Daisuke Takamatsu, DVM., Ph.D., is a senior researcher in National Institute of Animal Health, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NIAH, NARO), Japan. He performed his Ph.D. work at NIAH, NARO under the supervision of Dr. Tsutomu Sekizaki. In his Ph.D. work, he developed a series of plasmid vectors for gene manipulation, which are widely utilized in Streptococcus suis studies at present. He received his Ph.D. in 2002 from The University of Tokyo. Thereafter, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Group of Prof. Paul M. Sullam at University of California, San Francisco, USA. In USA, he was awarded an American Heart Association fellowship and did research on infective endocarditis in humans caused by Streptococcus gordonii. In 2005, he returned to NIAH, NARO and resumed S. suis study. Since 2009, he concurrently served as a guest associate professor at Gifu University. Dr. Takamatsu's research group focuses on the taxonomy of S. suis and relationship between surface antigens and pathogenicity of S. suis. He is also doing research on foulbrood in honey bees and is recognized as a bee disease expert.
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