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Sachi Horibata, Ph.D.


Dr. Sachi Horibata

Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building (2nd floor)
766 Service Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

Email: horibat2@msu.edu

Fields of Interest: Cancer drug resistance mechanisms and identification of therapeutic targets for personalized cancer treatments.

  • 2010 - B.S. Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • 2016 - Ph.D. Pharmacology, Cornell University
  • 2016-2021 - Postdoctoral fellow, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Fall 2021 - Assistant Professor, Precision Health Program, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Michigan State University

RESEARCH - Dr. Horibata has a background in cancer biology, precision oncology, genomics, cell biology, and molecular biology, with a doctoral degree in pharmacology from Cornell University. She specializes in utilizing a genomics approach to characterize disease landscapes to dissect the unique transcriptomic profiles of individual patients to identify optimal treatment regimens for personalized therapy. Her research goal has been driven by questions concerning how cancer progresses, why it develops resistance to drug treatments, and what we can do to improve outcomes in patient care. Currently, her lab works on understanding the development and evolution of cancer drug resistance and identification of therapeutic targets.  

SERVICE - Aside from scientific progress, Dr. Horibata strives to provide services to the cancer community. As one example, to expand her scientific impact beyond the research community, she helped create the Cornell Community Cancer Partnership to create a bridge between cancer researchers and cancer patients.

MENTORING - Dr. Horibata highly values mentoring. She has a solid track record and success at scientific training and mentoring of multiple students who have now advanced to positions in science.


  • 1st Place Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Cancer Research, National Institutes of Health, 2021
  • 1st place winner of the 3-Minute Thesis Competition, Sallie Rosen Kaplan Program, National Institutes of Health, 2020
  • 2020 Summer Research Mentor Award, National Institutes of Health, 2020
  • Career Mentoring Advantage Program Training Recipient, National Cancer Institute, 2018
  • 1st place winner of the 3-Minute Thesis Competition, Cornell University, 2016
  • Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training Award, 2016
  • Caroline Coffey Fund Travel Award, 2015
  • Genomics Scholars Award – for exceptional promise in genomics research, 2014
  • 2nd Place Best Oral Presentation Award, Biological and Biomedical Sciences Symposium, Cornell University, 2014
  • 2nd Place Best Poster Presentation Award, Department of Molecular Medicine, Cornell University, 2012
  • 1st Place Award Winning Poster Presentation, Biological and Biomedical Sciences Symposium, Cornell University, 2011
  • 6 different travel awards to present at national conferences, 2011 – 2015


  • JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), 2020 – 2021
  • Sallie Rosen Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women Scientists, National Institutes of Health, 2020
  • Bicknese Family Prize, 2015
  • Center for Vertebrate Genomics Scholarship, 2014-2015
  • Daversa Scholarship, 2014
  • Comparative Cancer Biology Fellowship, 2012-2013