Professor Fumihiro Sugiyama serves as the Facility Manager of the Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC) in Transborder Medical Research Center (TMRC). He is also a Professor of the Resource Management Department in LARC and of the Laboratory Animal Science Department in University of Tsukuba’s Faculty of Medicine.
Professor Sugiyama specializes in Laboratory Animal Science and Mouse Genetics Engineering. He conducts research for development of high quality genetically-modified mice for investigation of human diseases.
To date, he has established mouse models for hypertension, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and hypotension and Cre-driver/reporter mouse strains. Recently, he has been developing techniques for next-generation genome-modification of mouse resources.
Professor Sugiyama graduated from Azabu Veterinary College, Japan, in 1980. He began his research career as a technician at the Animal Experiment Center (present LARC) of University of Tsukuba. He then became an Assistant Professor of the LARC in 1990.
In 1998, he progressed his research in Mouse Genetics as a Visiting Investigator at the Jackson Laboratory, USA (under Professor Beverly Paigen). After returning to Japan, he became an Associate Professor at University of Tsukuba from 2001 and as a Professor from 2016. He also served as Director of the LARC between 2015 to 2018.
Professor Sugiyama was awarded a Doctorate of Veterinary Science from Azabu University in 1995.
In efforts to contribute to advances in Laboratory Animal Science and to progress the 3Rs of Animal Experimentation, he is concurrently serving as Chairman of the “Japanese Association Laboratory Animal Facility” of “National University Corporation”; as the Managing Director of the “Japanese Association of Laboratory Animal Science”, and as Chairman of “Tsukuba Association of Laboratory Animal Science”.
Professor Sugiyama was awarded the 7th Tsukuba Prize (Creation and Analysis of Tsukuba Hypertension/Hypotension Mice) from the Science and Technology Promotion Foundation, of Ibaraki, in 1996.
Professor Sugiyama offers valuable knowledge, expertise and research towards the discovery aims and goals of TMRC.