Yu Sugihara

Sophien Kamoun Group

I am interested in understanding plant-microbe interactions, especially the arms race between Magnaporthe oryzae avirulence genes and rice resistance genes. I am using both biochemical and bioinformatics approaches to elucidate their mechanisms.


Shimizu M, Hirabuchi A, Sugihara Y, Abe A, Takeda T, Kobayashi M, Hiraka Y, Kanzaki E, Oikawa K, Saitoh H, Langner T, Banfield MJ, Kamoun S, Terauchi R (2021)

A genetically linked pair of NLR immune receptors show contrasting patterns of evolution. bioRxiv preprint Sep 02, 2021 doi:

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Sugihara Y, Kudoh A, Tamiru-Oli M, Takagi H, Natsume S, Shimizu M, Abe A, Asiedu R, Asfaw A, Adebola P, Terauchi R (2021)

Population genomics of yams: evolution and domestication of Dioscorea species. In: Population Genomics. Springer, Cham

Segawa T, Nishiyama C, Tamiru-Oli M, Sugihara Y, Abe A, Sone H, Itoh N, Asukai M, Uemura A, Oikawa K, Utsushi H, Ikegami-Katayama A, Imamura T, Mori M, Terauchi R, Takagi H (2021)

Sat-BSA: an NGS-based method using local de novo assembly of long reads for rapid identification of genomic structural variations associated with agronomic traits. Breeding Science, 71(3): 299–312

Sugihara Y, Darkwa K, Yaegashi H, Natsume S, Shimizu M, Abe A, Hirabuchi A, Ito K, Oikawa K, Tamiru-Oli M, Ohta A, Matsumoto R, Agre P, De Koeyer D, Pachakkil B, Yamanaka S, Muranaka S, Takagi H, White B, Asiedu R, Innan H, Asfaw A, Adebola P, Terauchi R (2020)

Genome analyses reveal the hybrid origin of the staple crop white Guinea yam (Dioscorea rotundata). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 17(50): 31987–31992

Sugihara Y, Young L, Yaegashi H, Natsume S, Shea DJ, Takagi H, Booker H, Innan H, Terauchi R, Abe A (2020)

High-performance pipeline for MutMap and QTL-seq. bioRxiv preprint Jun 29, 2020 doi:

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Job History

2021 – present Intern, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK

2020 – present PhD Student, Kyoto University, Japan

2019 – 2021 Visiting Researcher, Iwate Biotechnology Research Center, Japan

2018 – 2020 MSc, Kyoto University, Japan

2014 – 2018 BSc, Kyoto University, Japan