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Dr. Masako Suzuki, Ph.D., D.V.M.

Masako Suzuki, Ph.D., D.V.M.

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics

Professional Interests

Background: I am an epigenetics researcher who has formally trained in Clinical and Translational Research method with broad knowledge of basic biology, assay development and bioinformatics. 

My original degree was an Animal Physiology and Biochemistry doctorate in basic veterinary medicine under the supervision of Dr. Bunei Syuto at United Graduate School of Veterinary Sciences of Gifu University in Japan.  As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo under the supervision of Dr. Kunio Shiota, I started to expand my research into epigenetic regulation and carried out tissue and cell-specific genome-wide DNA methylation profiling using restriction enzyme landmark genome scanning (RLGS) as well as developing novel techniques to analyze tissue-specific DNA methylation profiles in animal models.  After I moved to the US, I worked to develop new epigenome-wide assays and, critically, gained bioinformatic expertise so that I could perform effective analyses on the data generated.  I consequently started working with many clinical and translational researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  These experiences prompted me to expand my research interest from basic biology research to a greater emphasis on translational research.  In 2012, I was awarded a Career Development Award sponsored by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from NIH and the Einstein-Montefiore Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.  Moreover, to obtain formal didactic training in clinical research methods, I performed further graduate studies, recently graduating from the Masters course (2 year Clinical Research Training Program) at the Einstein Institute of Clinical and Translational Research. 

Current project: My research goals are focused on understanding the relationship between epigenetic alterations and human diseases, especially finding alteration susceptible regions for gaining the information for future preventative intervention.

Selected Publications

Selected publications 

  1. Suzuki M, Jing Q, Lia D, Pascual M, McLellan A, Greally JM. Optimized design and data analysis of tag-based cytosine methylation assays. Genome Biol. 2010;11(4):R36. PubMed PMID: 20359321; PMCID: 2884539.
  2. Li Q*, Suzuki M*, Wendt J, Patterson N, Eichten SR, Hermanson PJ, Green D, Jeddeloh J, Richmond T, Rosenbaum H, Burgess D, Springer NM, Greally JM. Post-conversion targeted capture of modified cytosines in mammalian and plant genomes. Nucleic Acids Res. 2015. PMID: 25813045. 
  3. Suzuki M$, Maekawa R, Patterson NE, Reynolds DM, Calder BR, Reznik SE, Heo HJ, Einstein FH, Greally JM$. Amnion as a surrogate tissue reporter of the effects of maternal preeclampsia on the fetus. Clinical epigenetics. 2016;8:67. PubMed PMID: 27293492; PMCID: PMC4902972.
  4. Suzuki M*, Liao W*, Wos F*, Johnston AD, DeGrazia J, Ishii J, Bloom T, Zody MC, Germer S, Greally JM. Whole genome bisulphite sequencing using the Illumina Hiseq X system. bioRxiv. 2017. doi: 10.1101/193193.
  5. Kong Y, Rastogi D, Seoighe C, Greally JM, Suzuki M$. Insights from deconvolution of cell subtype proportions enhance the interpretation of functional genomic data. bioRxiv. 2018. doi: 10.1101/254441.

         *equal first authors, $corresponding authors

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