JAPAN
Kyoto University

Dr. Fujita is Professor of Molecular Genetics at Kyoto University’s Institute for Virus Research.  He received his B.A. in Biology in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Biology in 1982; both at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Fujita’s lab discovered that an RNA helicase, RIG-I, functions as such a sensor. The laboratory is working to clarify the molecular mechanism underlying the antiviral innate immunity regulated by RIG-I, and to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic tools for viral infections and cancer.