Mizuho Fukushige

Contact: M.Fukushige@sms.ed.ac.uk

Group member Since September 2012

Supervisors: Dr Mutapi and Prof Mark Woolhouse

Funding: PhD scholarship awarded by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).


Project Title: Immunoepidemiology of Schistosomiasis


Project Summary: I am employing mathematical and statistical modelling techniques, widely used in epidemiological research to investigate the immunoepidemiology of schistosomiasis. I studied marine biology at University of Ryukyus, Japan where I joined a marine bacteriology group to learn about bacteria that cause food poisoning. During my undergraduate, I gradually shifted my interests to infectious diseases and disease control. Following my undergraduate degree I joined Department of Epidemiology, University of Tsukuba, Japan to continue my studies. As a masters degree student, I investigated the use of Neem oil to control visceral leishmaniasis in an endemic area of Bangladesh. During my time in Tsukuba, I also undertook an internship at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) as a field supervisor for a vector density study, a seroconversion study, and a questionnaire study.
On completing my masters degree, I worked at University of Tsukuba as a promotion coordinator for international cooperation of Ho Chi Minh City Office in Vietnam. As a part of my job, I arranged scientific meetings, internships, and research collaborations among Vietnamese and Japanese universities and research institutions.



  • MSc (04/2007-03/2009) Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • BSc (04/2003-03/2007) Chemistry, Biology, and Marine Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of the Ryukyus, Japan

Publication List

  • M. Fukushige, K.M. Mitchell, C.C. Bourke, M.E.J. Woolhouse, F. Mutapi (2015) A meta-analysis of experimental studies of attenuated schistosome parasite vaccines in the animal model, Frontiers in Immunology 6(85), doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2015.00085
  • Alam, M.S., Kato, H.,Fukushige, H., Wagatsuma, Y. and Itoh M. (2012): Application of RFLP-PCR-Based Identification for Sand Fly Surveillance in an Area Endemic for Kala-Azar in Mymensingh, Bangladesh.Journal of Parasitology Research doi:10.1155/2012/467821.
  • Wagatsuma, Y., Alam, M. S., Fukushige, M., Zahidul Islam, M.S., Itoh, M., Mondal, D., Haque R. (2009): Neem Extract as a Control Tool for Vector-borne Diseases: An Example of Visceral Leishmaniasis in Bangladesh. Biopesticides International 5(2),134-140.
  • Fukushige, M.,Alam, M.S., Haque, R., Wagatsuma Y. (2009): Acceptance for Neem Oil as a Visceral Leishmaniasis Vector Control Tool in Bangladesh. Biopesticides International 5(2), 141-147.