Kenya Honda is a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. He is also a team leader in the laboratory of Gut Homeostasis, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, Yokohama, Japan.
He received his M.D. from Kobe University School of Medicine and Ph.D. from Kyoto University School of Medicine in Japan. He worked with Tadatsugu Taniguchi at University of Tokyo as an assistant professor and with Kiyoshi Takeda at Osaka University as an associate professor before he started his own laboratory at RIKEN.
His laboratory uses a combination of sequencing, gnotobiotic technique, anaerobic culturing to identify and isolate bacterial strains that have strong influences on the host physiology and diseases, with an emphasis on the human microbiome.