EDUCATION: B.S.: Tokyo University of Pharmacy, Tokyo, Japan; graduated in March 1983. M.S.: Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto, 1983-1985. Ph.D. Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto, 1990, under the guidance of Emeritus Professor Haruaki Yajima and Professor Nobutaka Fujii of Kyoto University. Thesis title: “Basic research for the synthetic peptide vaccines and anti-viral agents” in 1990. Research experience: 1986-1988: Researcher, Research and Development Center, Calpis Food Industry Co., Ltd. 1988-1991: Researcher, Life Science Research Center, Advanced Technology and Research Laboratories, Nippon Steel Corporation. 1991-1999: Senior Researcher, Life Science Research Center, Advanced Technology and Research Laboratories, Nippon Steel Corporation. 1999-2001: Lecturer, and 2001-2007: Associate Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Kyoto Pharmaceutical University (Professor Yoshiaki Kiso’s Lab.). 2007-present: Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences. Research Interests: Peptide Chemistry, Peptidomimetics and Medicinal Chemistry. Award: The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan Award for Divisional Scientific Promotions '09. Drug R&D: Plinabulin (anti-microtubule agent) in Phase III Clinical trials.