Yutaka Tagaya, M.D., PH.D.
Dr. Yutaka Tagaya is the scientific co-founder of the company and a leading expert in the field of cytokine biology. He is currently a faculty member at the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine where he also serves as the Head of the Flow Cytometry Core and the Laboratory of Cell Biology. Prior to this, Dr. Tagaya spent over 15 years as an independent investigator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he collaborated with Dr. Nazli Azimi on several research projects including the conceptual idea underlying the Bioniz platform technology.
Dr. Tagaya has made seminal contribution in the field of Immunology including characterization of cytokines IL-2 and IL-15. He also discovered the unique property of IL-15 that is referred to as trans-presentation paradigm. He has published over 80 original publications and review articles in high impact, peer-reviewed journals, and is an inventor of several scientific patents. Dr. Tagaya was won numerous scientific awards and is a sought after speaker at scientific conferences.
Dr. Tagaya received his M.D. in 1986 and PH.D. in 1990 from Kyoto University in Japan.