RIKEN Preventive Medicine and Diagnosis Innovation Program (Japan)
Yoshihide Hayashizaki is Director of the Preventive Medicine & Diagnosis Innovation Program. He obtained his MD and PhD from Osaka University Medical School in 1982 and 1986, respectively. In 1992, he joined RIKEN, and was appointed Project Director for the RIKEN Genome Project in 1995. Since then he has been taking a transversal data-driven approach to analyze transcriptomes by developing unique technologies including a series of full-length cDNA technologies. This activity was followed by the organization of FANTOM (Functional Annotation of Mammalian Genome), an international consortium, originally to annotate a large number of cDNA and subsequently expanded to transcriptome and network analysis. His research interests are focused on the understanding of biological phenomena as systems at the molecular level and its application to preventive medical care.