Dr Masae Kato is a postdoctoral research fellow on the Bionetworking in Asia project at the University of Sussex. Her research looks at patients’s needs focusing on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Cord Injury, Type 1 Diabetes and Cardiovascular diseases in Japan, in order to understand the significance of Stem Cell Research and Therapy.
Kato was previously engaged in the research project ‘Dutch-ness in Genes and Genealogy: following genetic diversity around science and society’ based at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and also in the research project the Socio-genetic Marginalisation in Asia Programme (SMAP) at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University. Her research interests are in eugenics, prenatal testing/screening, (selective) abortion, genetic technologies, identity, gender and social movement organizations in Japan, Asia and the Netherlands.
She obtained her Ph.D. at Leiden University in 2005 in political science/ women’s studies. Her dissertation is entitled ‘Women’s rights? Social movements, abortion and eugenics in Modern Japan’.