Division of Microbiology and Immunology

Virus Control Team

UEMURA Kentaro

Status : Specially Appointed Assis.Prof.
Research Field : Virology, Pharmaceutical Sciences

2015 : B.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Kindai Univ.)
2017 : M.S. in Frontier Biosciences (Osaka Univ.)
2022 : Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Hokkaido Univ.)
【Work Experience】
2017-2022 : Researcher, Drug Discovery and Disease Research Laboratory, Shionogi & Co., Ltd.
2018-2022 : Visiting Researcher, International Institute for Zoonosis Control, Hokkaido University
2022-present : Current position

Research Activities

・Analysis of the replication mechanism of highly pathogenic RNA viruses

・Development of novel antiviral agents against highly pathogenic RNA viruses


1. Uemura K et al. 2-thiouridine is a broad-spectrum antiviral nucleoside analogue against positive-strand RNA viruses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2023, doi: 10.1073/pnas.2304139120

2. Uemura K et al. 5-Hydroxymethyltubercidin Exhibits Potent Antiviral Activity against Flaviviruses and Coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2. iScience, 2021, 24 (10), 103120

3. Uemura K et al. MRC5 cells engineered to express ACE2 serve as a model system for the discovery of antivirals targeting SARS-CoV-2. Scientific Reports, 2021, 11, 5376

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