Yuka Imamura Kawasawa

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Yuka Imamura Kawasawa (2015-01-09)

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Yuka Imamura Kawasawa (2016-01-24)


My interest is in neurogenomics and providing next-gen sequencing support in the form of sample preparation, sequencing, and data generation. I gained the bulk of this expertise while serving as a program manager for BrainSpan: Atlas of the Developing Human Brain, from 2009 to 2012. More than 1,300 human brain samples for microarray and 600 for RNA-seq were analyzed collaboratively among several research institutes (www.brainspan.org). I have also initiated an international collaboration to establish high-throughput single-cell RNA-seq workflow using mouse and human neural cells to investigate genetic features of different cell types and species. I have also been involved in the development of novel methods for finding genetic alterations in inherited childhood disease. This training has made me more competent in state-of-the-art technologies in next-gen sequencing analyses and also interested in finding genetic clues in disease occurrence. In this context, I have accomplished a collaborative research in which I employed a computational program to facilitate discovery of biomarker genes that are conserved between human and mouse disease models of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. In my current position as Director of Genome Sciences Facility, I commit myself to support “start-to-finish” genomics project. With my expertise and knowledge at the technological cutting edge of omic analyses, my vision is to promote application of genomics research in medical science and to stimulate translational and clinical research to advance personalized health care.
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