MITA Toshihiro, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Molecular and Cellular Parasitology (Tropical Medicine and Parasitology)

Short Biography

Assistant Professor, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Tokyo Jikei Medical University
Lecturer, Department of International affairs & Tropical medicine, Tokyo Women's Medical University
Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Parasitology, Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine


  • Tropical medicine
  • Malaria
  • Drug resistance
  • Genetics
  • Molecular epidemiology

Main Research Topics and Interests

  • Clarification of novel evolution process for drug-resistant malaria using a molecular population genetic approach
  • Development of new genetic markers for malaria parasite that cause antimalarial resistance
  • Elucidation of world-wide population structure of malaria parasites and it’s relation to global malaria control
  • Construction of a simplified mathematical model that can predict the future status of antimalarial resistance
  • Development a novel innovative tool for malaria genetics, which can accelerate the efficient identification of genes involved in novel phenotypes of interest like drug resistance

Publications (in English)

  • Original Articles (49)
  • Review Articles (5)
  • Books (2)
  • Total Impact Factor (189.46)
  • Citation Index (912)

Recent Main Publications

  • J Infect Dis, 2014; 209: 130-139.
  • Nat Genet, 2012; 44: 1051-1055.
  • J Infect Dis, 2011; 204: 1980-1988.
  • More

Other Specific Comments

  • I have been addressing the global issue of drug-resistant malaria mainly using novel field-based molecular approaches. My personal motto is “an inventive point of view” that makes our life as a researcher more interesting.