Masahiro Kanai (金井 仁弘)

I am a PhD candidate in the Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics PhD Program, Harvard Medical School. Co-advised by Drs. Mark Daly and Hilary Finucane, I am working at the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital and affiliated with the Medical and Population Genetics Program, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. I received fellowships from the Nakajima Foundation and the Masason Foundation.

As a statistical geneticist, my research focuses on cross-population analysis of complex diseases and traits to better understand their genetic architecture and diversity across multiple populations. In my thesis project, I create a comprehensive atlas of putative causal variants from multiple large-scale biobanks to gain insights from complex trait fine-mapping across diverse populations. Prior to joining ATGU, I completed B.S. degree in Japan, where I worked closely with Dr. Yukinori Okada to study genetics of complex traits in the Japanese population using the BioBank Japan data.

My curriculum vitae can be found here.

News

Jul 8, 2021 Added The COVID-19 Host Genetics Initiative (2021).
Jul 1, 2021 New website :tada:

Selected Publications and Preprints [full list]

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* denotes equal contribution

  1. The COVID-19 Host Genetics Initiative.
    Nature (2021)
  2. *Weissbrod, O., *Kanai, M., *Shi, H., ..., Gazal, S., Peyrot, W., Khera, A., Okada, Y., The Biobank Japan Project., Martin, A., Finucane, H., and Price, A. L. [Show fewer authors]
    medRxiv (2021)
  3. *Sakaue, S., *Kanai, M., Tanigawa, Y., ..., Karjalainen, J., Kurki, M., Koshiba, S., Narita, A., Konuma, T., Yamamoto, K., Akiyama, M., Ishigaki, K., Suzuki, A., Suzuki, K., Obara, W., Yamaji, K., Takahashi, K., Asai, S., Takahashi, Y., Suzuki, T., Sinozaki, N., Yamaguchi, H., Minami, S., Murayama, S., Yoshimori, K., Nagayama, S., Obata, D., Higashiyama, M., Masumoto, A., Koretsune, Y., FinnGen., Ito, K., Terao, C., Yamauchi, T., Komuro, I., Kadowaki, T., Tamiya, G., Yamamoto, M., Nakamura, Y., Kubo, M., Murakami, Y., Yamamoto, K., Kamatani, Y., Palotie, A., Rivas, M. A., Daly, M., Matsuda, K., and Okada, Y. [Show fewer authors]
    medRxiv (2020)
  4. *Sakaue, S., *Kanai, M., Karjalainen, J., ..., Akiyama, M., Kurki, M., Matoba, N., Takahashi, A., Hirata, M., Kubo, M., Matsuda, K., Murakami, Y., Daly, M. J., Kamatani, Y., and Okada, Y. [Show fewer authors]
    Nature Medicine 26, 542–548 (2020)
  5. Martin, A. R., Kanai, M., Kamatani, Y., ..., Okada, Y., Neale, B. M., and Daly, M. J. [Show fewer authors]
    Nature Genetics 51, 584–591 (2019)
  6. Kanai, M., Akiyama, M., Takahashi, A., ..., Matoba, N., Momozawa, Y., Ikeda, M., Iwata, N., Ikegawa, S., Hirata, M., Matsuda, K., Kubo, M., Okada, Y., and Kamatani, Y. [Show fewer authors]
    Nature Genetics 50, 390–400 (2018)