Masa Sasagawa, ND

Current Roles

Assistant Research Scientist at Bastyr Research Institute

Director of Research Laboratories

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Counceling and Health Psychology


  • PhD Candidacy in Nursing Science from University of Washington in 2014
  • Postdoctoral research fellowship, 2004-2007
  • Doctor in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University in 2003

Courses Taught

  • Applied Statistical Analysis
  • Biostatistics
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Laboratory Research Methods

Ongoing and Recently Completed Research

Fermented soy supplementation to improve vitality for cachectic patients
BESO Biological Research is interested in evaluating the effect of consuming a fermented soy product by people suffering with cachexia. The first task for this research was to develop the protocol and budget necessary for scientific review and the intuitional review board application. The funding company is reviewing the protocol, and interested in collaborating with hospice agencies. 

Development of a Social Responsibility Scale
Social responsibility may be measured by actions, attitudes or thoughts. This instrument may help assessing issues addressed by the Center for Social Justice & Diversity as Dr. Sasagawa is a part of the Committee for Evaluation & Accountability. To standardize a psychometric instrument, careful planning and statistical analyses are required.

U19 PSK study
With collaboration of the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson and Kureha Corporation, the NCCAM funded Bastyr University to investigate the effect of a mushroom product for the conjunctive treatment of cancer. For more detail, please see

The role of naturopathic primary care physician in Washington Medicaid system
Dr. Sasagawa is interested in primary care in a community health setting actively taking patients on Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). He would like to investigate the financial sustainability of primary care naturopathic physicians that take Medicaid patients.



Portrait of Masa Sasagawa

Masa Sasagawa, ND

Masa Sasagawa, ND