Prof. Seiji Okada was born in 1960 in Matsumoto, Japan. He received his M.D. in 1985 and his Ph.D. degree in 1992 from Jichi Medical University, where he worked on the purification and characterization of murine hematopoietic stem cells under the supervision of Prof. Yasusada Miura and Prof. Toshio Suda. After he completed the clinical duty at rural area (Jichi Medical University), he joined Prof. Takeshi Tokuhisa’s group in Chiba University as an Assistant Professor in 1996, and became an Associate Professor in 2000. He was promoted to Professor in Center for AIDS Research & Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kumamoto University in 2002.
His current research interests are the mechanisms of latent infection of HIV, HHV-8 infected Primary effusion lymphoma, and liver fluke infected cholangiocarcinoma. He established several different types of novel highly immunodeficient mice for biomedical research. His humanized mice and human cancer mice models are useful for evaluation and development of new therapeutic reagents. He is a group leader of research group of AIDS related malignant lymphoma in Japan supported by Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development, AMED.