Dr. Mariko Tomita, molecular oncologist, graduated from Medical School, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan in 1992. She worked for Kyushu University Hospital as an intern in 1992/1993. She earned a Ph.D. in molecular oncology from Kyushu University in 1998. She spent 3 years at IGBMC (Strasbourg, France) and Free University (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and performed post-doctoral research. Then, she moved to the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan and started the research in viral oncology. She is presently an Associate Professor at the Department of Pathology and Oncology.