Dr. Masayuki Fukata MD, PhD is a physician and scientist in the field of gastroenterology and immunology. He graduated from the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo Japan in 1994, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine in the Jikei University Hospital. During his fellowship in gastroenterology, Dr Fukata received basic science training at the Department of Anatomy in the Jikei University. After obtaining his PhD degree in 2003, Dr Fukata came to the United States as a post-doctoral fellow for the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He then moved to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 2004 and was promoted to Research Assistant Professor of Medicine in 2007. Since 2008, he is the Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida. Dr. Fukata’s research interests are Toll-like receptor-mediated host-microbial interactions in intestinal mucosal interface, especially in the pathogenesis of colitis.