Dr. Maho Yokoyama

Dr. Maho Yokoyama

Feature Writer

Ph.D.

Biochemistry, Genomics, Microbiology

Dr. Maho Yokoyama is a researcher and science writer. She was awarded her Ph.D. from the University of Bath, UK, following a thesis in the field of Microbiology, where she applied functional genomics to Staphylococcus aureus. The aim of her doctorate was to identify novel loci which affect the virulence of S. aureus by Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS).

She began her studies at Swansea University, UK, with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Biochemistry. It was here that Maho realized that biological research was something she really enjoyed.

She fondly remembers a second-year module on medical microbiology that piqued her interest. This was followed by her final year project, where she got to experience microbiological research in the laboratory for the first time, and really delve into the theory behind the techniques she was using.

Knowing that she was interested in infectious diseases and that immunology plays a huge role in this, Maho decided to do a master’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Nottingham, UK. The project taught Dr. Yokoyama how to plan experiments and organize results, and that science experiments do not always go to plan!

The logical next step for Dr. Yokoyama was a Ph.D. with a focus on medical microbiology. Here, she had the opportunity not only to improve the knowledge and techniques she had learned in previous projects but also learn new techniques and theories. This included a small amount of computer coding, which she found challenging but interesting.

During her Ph.D., Maho collaborated with other academics on several papers and even published some of her own work in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She has also presented her work at academic conferences around the world.

She began writing when she created a blog and has since expanded her writing to include articles for News-Medical. She enjoys writing and sharing her knowledge of science with readers, and having a reason to research topics outside of her current field.

Articles from Maho

What are DNA Nanomachines?

What are DNA Nanomachines?

What is Glycobiology?

What is Glycobiology?

Lipid Metabolism and the Gut Microbiota

Lipid Metabolism and the Gut Microbiota

How “Fad” Diets Affect the Gut Microbiota

How “Fad” Diets Affect the Gut Microbiota

Genetic Factors that Influence Bacterial Diversity in the Human Gut

Genetic Factors that Influence Bacterial Diversity in the Human Gut

Effects of a Gluten-Free Diet on the Gut Microbiota

Effects of a Gluten-Free Diet on the Gut Microbiota

What is Single-Molecule Real-Time (SMRT) Sequencing?

What is Single-Molecule Real-Time (SMRT) Sequencing?

What is Microbial Memory?

What is Microbial Memory?

Examining Microbial Diversity Using Functional Genomics

Examining Microbial Diversity Using Functional Genomics

What is the Role of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor?

What is the Role of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor?