Hiroyuki Sasaki, MD, PhD is a Vice President of Kyushu University, the Director and a Distinguished Professor of Medical Institute of Bioregulation, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.
He graduated from Kyushu University Medical School in 1982 and obtained his PhD in 1987. Dr Sasaki’s research focuses on the regulation of the mammalian epigenome in germ cells and early embryos. He is particularly interested in DNA methylation and small RNA-based mechanisms and studies genomic imprinting as a model system. He is the former president of the Japanese Society for Epigenetics and currently served as a board member of the Japan Society of Human Genetics, a councilor of Genetics Society of Japan, a member of the ISSC of the International Human Epigenome Consortium. He received the Japan Society of Human Genetics Award in 2009, the Genetics Society of Japan Kihara Award in 2012, and a Purple Ribbon Medal of Honor in 2015.