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Yasuyuki Igarashi

Yasuyuki Igarashi

Yasuyuki Igarashi
Hokkaido University, Japan


Dr. Igarashi is a lipid biochemist, graduated from Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Science , Tokyo University in 1968 and got Ph.D from Tokyo University in 1975. He worked internationally after graduation: for Gunma University (1975-1982), Wayne State university USA (1982-1985), Grenoble CENG  France (1986-1988). In 1988 he moved to University of Washington and Biomembrane Institute in Seattle, USA (1988-1998) as an institute head scientist and associate professor of UW.  In 1998 he returned to Japan and became the professor of Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Science, Hokkaido University (1998-2006). In 2008 he established Graduate School of Advanced Life Science, Hokkaido University and worked as the first Dean. Since then he is also the director of Frontier Research Center for Post-genome Science and Technology, Hokkaido University. His research has been focused on sphingolipid biology, basic research and and applied research including the development of sphingolipid-based drugs and functional foods. Now he is mainly working on biology of S1P, ceramide and SMS2 and he is recognized as one of world leading scientists in this research field. He published over 230 papers and gave 60 invited lectures in various international conferences. He organized many international conferences in the field, and he was elected as the Chair of Gordon Research Conference, Sphingolipid and Glycolipid Biology whichwas held in 2012 in Italy, and the Chair of FASEB Summer Research Conference which will be in 2013 in Sapporo

Research Interest

sphingolipid biology, S1P, ceramide and SMS2