ActivitiesIntroducing Associate Professor Ai Takano, who took up her post on Aug. 16, 2013, and her lab! 2013.04.19


Introducing Associate Professor Ai Takano, who took up her post on Aug. 16, 2013, and her lab. Associate Professor Takano has taken up her post as a member of tenure track staff in Pathogenetic and Preventive Veterinary Science at the Joint Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. She studies tick-borne infections, which are a type of anthropozoonosis. A tick-borne infections a disease which is caused by being bitten by a tick (a kind of mite) which is carrying the disease pathogens. In order to control such diseases, it is necessary to understand the preservation and transmission routes of the pathogens in the ecosystem, including livestock, wild animals and so on, as well as the ticks, of course. So, besides of course conducting field research all over Japan, Associate Professor Takano’s work also takes her to various places all over the world. 【Collected ticks】 【Photo of the laboratory】 Her laboratory is next door to the rest room, and is equipped with a freezer, a safety cabinet, a stereoscopic microscope, and an inverted microscope. 【Safety cabinet】 A cabinet which makes it possible to work without leaking bacteria contained in the sample and also prevents intrusion by bacteria from outside. 【Stereoscopic microscope】 A microscope for performing minute manipulations such as the dissection of samples. LED lights illuminate the sample from both sides for observation. The binocular microscope can show the sample in three dimensions, and the camera in the upper part displays the image on the left screen. The displayed image is of a house dust mite. (Recorded image. This is not a tick.) 【Inverted microscope】 A microscope for observing samples from under a petri dish, slide glass etc. This enables the observation of cells in a culture medium.