I am an epigenetics researcher, formally trained in Veterinary Sciences and Clinical Research Methods, with a broad knowledge of basic biology, animal physiology, assay development, and bioinformatics. I have been working extensively on the field of epigenetics research and have a track record of epigenetics research in both basic and translational sciences.
My original education was animal physiology in veterinary sciences (a licensed veterinarian in Japan). To pursue my research interests in Translational research settings, I further obtained formal didactic training subsequently as graduate studies in clinical and translational research methods. I graduated from the Masters course (2-year Clinical Research Training Program) at the Einstein Institute of Clinical and Translational Research (2012-2014) while I was awarded a Career Development Award sponsored by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the NIH and the Einstein-Montefiore Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.
I am leading a project to examine the long-term effects of prenatal micronutrients deficiencies on the disease risks later in life of the offspring using a mouse model. Besides, I have extensive experience and track record with assay developments, especially DNA methylation analysis I have developed numbers of assays and analytical pipelines to date. Whole Genome Bisulphite Sequencing on Illumina HiSeq X-ten/NOVAseq system (xWGBS), a collaboration project with New York Genome Center and Center for Epigenomics at Einstein, is one of the methods I developed. It is a cost-effective WGBS and allows us to start with a small amount of sample (Suzuki et al., Genome Res 2018). Based on the publication records and experiences, I have been recognized as an epigenetics analysis expert in the field and serving as a consultant for study design and analysis support to other researchers (from the US and as well as from the other countries) as well. Many of them have been published as collaboration works.
Current research focus:
My research interest is understanding the relationship between prenatal environment and adult onset diseases, especially finding susceptible/causal regions that can be manipulated for future preventative intervention.