I am a multi-disciplinary social scientist of life sciences and biomedicine. I joined Department of Foreign Languages and Liberal Arts of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Keio University as assistant professor in April 2019. From April 2017 to March 2019, I was project assistant professor of Science Interpreter Training Program at the University of Tokyo, and before that, I was a research fellow on the Wellcome Trust-funded research project Making Genomic Medicine at Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies (STIS), University of Edinburgh (UK), where I still hold visiting research fellowship.
My current research studies the increased importance of ‘rare diseases’ both as a focus of medical sciences and as a concern for public health policy since the late 20th century. Through qualitative analysis of the history, I aim to understand the valuable contribution that patients / patient organizations make in devising solutions for their diseases as well as the sacrifice that they have to make in making such a critical contribution.