Dr. Sei Higuchi joined St. John’s University in the Fall of 2022 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences within the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Prior to Joining St. John’s, he served as an Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University (2019–22) and a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University (2015–19) and Kyoto University (2011–15). Dr. Higuchi earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Fukuoka University, Japan.
Dr. Higuchi has been working on lipid metabolism research for more than 10 years and his research goal is to propose a novel approach to treat obesity and metabolic-related diseases. As a graduate student, he trained in behavioral pharmacology and neuroscience. He spent four years as a postdoctoral research scientist at Kyoto University (Japan), after which he spent seven years at Columbia University to train in intestinal lipid metabolism with a focus on the role of bile acids in intestinal lipid metabolism. His work revealed that bile acids act as regulators of intestinal lipid sensing and food intake regulation.
As he starts an independent laboratory, Dr. Higuchi will focus on intestinal lipid sensing in obesity and obesity-related diseases in three subject areas: satiety and satiation regulation system; fatty food appetite; and obesity-related inflammation and neurodegenerative disease such as depression.