Principal Investigator

Yoko M. Ambrosini

Research Scientists

Shino Yoshida

Shino Yoshida finished her BVSc degree at the University of Tokyo in Japan. After graduation, she completed two years of small animal rotating internship and then started a small animal specialty internship in internal medicine at the Hokkaido University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Japan. She loves small animal internal medicine, particularly gastrointestinal diseases and their treatments, including fecal microbiota transplantation, aiming at conducting bench-to-bedside research.

Minae Kawasaki

Minae Kawasaki obtained her BVSc at the University of Sydney in Australia and started her career as a clinical veterinarian in small animal practices. Meanwhile, she also served as a research assistant where she studied in-vitro disease models of the cornea as well as clinical and comparative ophthalmology in animals. She received her Ph.D. degree in Veterinary Science at the United Graduate School of Veterinary Science, Yamaguchi University, in Japan, in March 2022. Her current interests include organoids, organ-on-a-chip, disease-on-a-chip, and translational research.

Meg Nakazawa

Meg Nakazawa completed her BVSc degree at Nihon University in Japan. After her graduation, she worked as a staff veterinarian at Nihon University Animal Medical Center. In March 2023, Meg successfully earned her Ph.D. degree from the Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine at Nihon University. Her current interests include gastrointestinal diseases in dogs, dog leukocyte antigen, organoids, organ-on-a-chip and translational research. In her free time, she enjoys winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding.

Graduate Students

Matthew Wun

MS student

Veterinary Resident, Internal Medicine Small Animal

Gerald Dykstra

Ph.D. candidate


Dr. Minae Kawasaki, Rotating Intern at Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Takashi Goyama, Rotating Intern at Oregon State University, ECFVG® Certified in May 2023

Dr. Yurika Tachibana, MS student at University of Florida

Dr. Itsuma Nagao, PhD candidate at the University of Tokyo