Message from the Director-General

KUIAS is an institute that continuously conducts advanced research utilizing the strengths of Kyoto University. It features a team of Distinguished Professors with excellent achievements in their respective fields, as well as organizations engaged in world-leading research.

From April 2017, KUIAS includes the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) as its major research center. iCeMS has 10 years of experience and achievements as a member of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) program by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. With iCeMS and collaborative research centers established for the cooperation with other institutes in Japan and abroad, KUIAS will strive to further accelerate its activities.

With these researchers and research centers at its core, KUIAS will contribute to academic progress as a global, cutting-edge research hub that draws together the knowledge of domestic and overseas researchers, fosters future scientific leaders, and shares the fruits of Kyoto University’s research with society.

Shigefumi Mori
Director-General and Distinguished Professor

Distinguished Professors

Shigefumi Mori

Shigefumi Mori

Director-General and Distinguished Professor

D.Sc., Kyoto University. Mori served as Assistant at Kyoto University from 1975 through 1980, and as Lecturer, Associate Professor, and Professor at Nagoya University from 1980 through 1990. In 1990 he moved back to Kyoto University and served as Professor at the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences until 2016, and became Director-General of KUIAS. Mori was awarded the Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1990, for "the existence proof of minimal models for three-dimensional algebraic varieties." This prize is often described as the Nobel Prize in the field of mathematics. He was selected as a Person of Cultural Merit by the Minister of MEXT in 1990. He took office as President of the International Mathematical Union in 2015.

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Tetsuro Matsuzawa

Tetsuro Matsuzawa

Deputy Director-General and Distinguished Professor

Ph.D. in Science, Kyoto University. Matsuzawa was appointed to his present post in 2016 after assuming such posts as Assistant, Associate Professor, and Professor at the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University.
He created the new academic field called "Comparative cognitive science" through his research called "Ai Project", titled after the name of the chimpanzee, as well as through his fieldwork in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa.
Matsuzawa was awarded the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon by Japan’s Emperor in 2004 for his contribution to academic developments. He was also selected as a Person of Cultural Merit by the Minister of MEXT in 2013.

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Susumu Kitagawa

Susumu Kitagawa

Deputy Director-General and Distinguished Professor

Ph.D. in Engineering, Kyoto University. Kitagawa serves as the Deputy Director-General of KUIAS since 2016, and the Director of iCeMS since 2013. He was appointed as Distinguished Professor at KUIAS in 2017, after assuming such posts as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Kindai University, Professor at the Department of Chemistry of Tokyo Metropolitan University, Professor at Graduate School of Engineering of Kyoto University, and Professor at iCeMS.
Kitagawa developed "porous" materials with numerous nano-sized holes. These materials are expected to be used for the development of new materials to absorb carbon dioxide causing global warming, and also for medical applications. He was selected as a Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate in 2010, and received the Japan Academy Prize in 2016.

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Tasuku Honjo

Tasuku Honjo

Distinguished Professor

Ph.D., Kyoto University. Honjo served as Professor at the School of Medicine of Osaka University. After that he moved back to Kyoto and served as Professor at the Faculty of Medicine from 1984 through 2005, then he served as Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of medicine. In 2017, he became Distinguished Professor of KUIAS.
Honjo solved the mechanistic principle of vaccination-induced antibody memory by discovery of AID, which engraves antigen memory in the immunoglobulin gene. Honjo also contributed to the development of cancer immunotherapy by discovering the protein “PD-1” that suppresses the function of immune cells. This therapy is approved worldwide for many types of cancers including lung cancer.
He was awarded Robert Koch Prize in 2012, received Order of Culture from the Japanese Government in 2013, awarded Tang Prize in 2014, and Kyoto Prize in 2016.

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Message from the President

Juichi Yamagiwa President of Kyoto University

As one of Japan’s leading research and education institutions, Kyoto University is home to a large community of outstanding researchers, and research exchange with other leading institutions throughout the world is part of the university’s daily operations. The Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study (KUIAS) was established in April 2016 to further enhance those endeavors—to provide continuous support for the university’s unique research, and serve as an international hub for advanced scholarship.

From FY2017, the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) will be merged into KUIAS as one of its core research centers. KUIAS will continue to implement innovative research and administrative initiatives as a global center of knowledge and an institution at the vanguard of university-wide reform.

I look forward to watching the progress of KUIAS as it leverages the university’s unique strengths to advance cutting-edge research endeavors. I anticipate that the institute will make a significant contribution to cultivating the next generation of researchers, and serve as a focal point for domestic and international research-based knowledge generation.

Juichi Yamagiwa
President, Kyoto University

Features and Organizational Structure of KUIAS

KUIAS has the following features as an institute to grow into a leading center based on a new paradigm:

Management with superb mobility under the strong leadership of the President

Application of a pioneering organization system designed for a “special zone” within the university

  • System to allow world-leading excellent researchers to continue their research regardless of the conventional mandatory retirement age
  • Introduction of merit-based reward system such as the annual wage plan

Organizational Structure

KUIAS plays a leading role as a global research institute to perform advanced international research.

Organizational Structure

Research Organizations of KUIAS

Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS)

iCeMS continues the concept of WPI program and aims to create new academic disciplines integrating materials science and cell biology.


  • Location

    Yoshida Ushinomiya-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
    (Right in front of the bus stop "Kyodai Seimon-mae ")

  • Contact

    Phone: 075-753-9753
    Fax: 075-753-9759
    Postal address: General Affairs and Planning
    KUIAS, Kyoto University
    Yoshida Ushinomiya-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan

Meaning of Logo

KUIAS Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Research logo

KUIAS has two major features as:

1.A place for distinguished researchers to gather for high-level research

2.A hub to connect all associated units in and outside Kyoto University

The motif of "window" has consequently be chosen to represent the above features.
We at KUIAS sincerely hope that, with this logo as its starting point, the institute will become a hub for all researchers working on the worldwide level.

* The logo was created through collaboration between Eiri Ono, a University Research Administrator (URA) of the Center for Enhancing Next Generation Research (E-NER) who made the original plan, and graphic designer Akio Okumura.