Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences, Kyoto University

Department of Virus Research

Lab. of RNA viruses


Professor Keizo Tomonaga (tomonaga∗
Assistant Professor Akiko Makino (makino∗ )

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Research theme

The researches carried out in our group are focused on animal-derived RNA viruses, especially negative strand RNA viruses replicating in the cell nucleus, such as bornaviruses and influenza viruses. Our projects aim to understand the fundamental mechanisms of the replication and pathogenesis of the viruses. In addition, we are investigating the function of endogenous bornaviruses, which exist in many mammalian genomes, including humans, as remnants of ancient bornavirus infection. Furthermore, we are conducting the development of a novel RNA virus vector using bornaviruses for gene and cellular therapies.

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Graduate Education

  • Graduate School of Biostudies
  • Graduate School of Medicine


  • Doctor course 3, Master course 6.

Contact Information

Person to Contact Professor Keizo Tomonaga
TEL 075-751-4034
E-mail tomonaga∗

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