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Fumihiko Matsuda, Ph.D.

Professor Fumihiko Matsuda obtained his Ph.D. from Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in 1990 on his research of the organization of the human immunoglobulin heavy chain variable region (VH) gene locus under Professor Tasuku Honjo. He continued to work on the same subject as an assistant professor at Kyoto University until 1998 when he succeeded in elucidating the genetic basis of antibody diversity by determining the nucleotide sequence of the entire human VH gene locus. In 1998, Professor Fumihiko Matsuda joined Centre National de Genotypage in Evry, France, as the head of gene identification. In 2003, he obtained a double appointment as a Professor at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine. From 2007 to 2010, and served as the Directeur de Recherche of INSERM (U. 852), and since 2008 has been the Center for Genomic Medicine Director. He has consistently devoted himself to researching human disease genomics using a genome-wide approach through various positions he has engaged. His primary research interests include integrated omics analysis of human multigenetic disorders and large-scale genome cohort studies. Since 2017, he has acted as the principal investigator of the Nationwide Rare Disease Platform program financed by the Japan Agency of Medical Research and Development (AMED). He has experience working in France for ten years with international collaborators and promotes international collaborations with France, Canada, the U.K., and Asian countries. He has been the Scientific Coordinator of Institut Pasteur-Kyoto University International Joint Research Unit for Integrative Vaccinomics since November 2016.

On January 25, 2021, Professor Fumihiko Matsuda was elevated to Knight of the National Order of Merit (Chevalier de L’Ordre National de Mérite) by the President of the Republic of France for his long-standing contribution to Franco-Japanese scientific cooperation, particularly in the field of genomic medicine.