Dr. Shigeki Sugii graduated from Kyoto University, Japan, with B.S. in Agricultural Biochemistry in 1996. After spending one year at the University of California in Berkeley as an extension student, he enrolled in the Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate program at Dartmouth College (New Hampshire, U.S.A.). He received his PhD in Biochemistry at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in 2003, where he studied intracellular cholesterol homeostasis and transport. He then moved to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (La Jolla, California, U.S.A.) to conduct his postdoctoral research with Professor Ronald Evans. At Salk / HHMI, he studied roles of nuclear receptor superfamily in adipocyte biology and metabolism using mouse models of obesity and diabetes. More recently, he generated induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from adipose-derived cells, and investigated changes of nuclear receptors during reprogramming and differentiation.
In January 2011, he assumed a joint appointment as Group Leader of Fat Metabolism and Stem Cell Group at Singapore Bioimaging Consortium, A*STAR, and as Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders Program at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. In 2013, he joins Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Among several honors he has received, he was a recipient of Kakiuchi Yoshinobu Memorial Award from the Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies in 2009. He currently serves on the executive committee of Stem Cell Society Singapore. His current research interests include characterisation of metabolic pathways in adipose-derived stem cells and their clinical applications into metabolic diseases.