Dr. Yusuke Shimakawa is a senior epidemiologist leading the Viral Hepatitis Elimination Group at the Emerging Disease Epidemiology Unit, Institut Pasteur in Paris. He holds a medical degree from Jikei University in Japan, a PhD in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an HDR (Accreditation to supervise research) from Paris Cité University. Dr. Shimakawa has extensive experience working in resource-limited countries, both as a clinician with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Thailand and as an epidemiologist with the MRC Unit in The Gambia.

Currently, he leads research projects in Africa, including the NéoVac project, which assesses the impact of integrating the birth dose hepatitis B vaccine into Burkina Faso's routine infant immunization program, and the PROTECT-B project, which evaluates a rapid test to identify people eligible for hepatitis B treatment. He has been commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) to conduct systematic reviews to inform several clinical guidelines.