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Distinguished Professors / Researchers

Distinguished Professors

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 awarded the Frank Nelson Cole Prize, won the Fields Medal, selected as a Person of Cultural Merit by the Minister of MEXT in 1990, and elected as a member of the Japan Academy in 1998. He took office as President of the International Mathematical Union from 2015 to 2018.

 

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Shigefumi Mori
Tasuku Honjo

Tasuku Honjo

Deputy Director-General and 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 elected as a member of the Japan Academy in 2005, awarded Robert Koch Prize in 2012, received Order of Culture from the Japanese Government in 2013, awarded Tang Prize in 2014, Kyoto Prize in 2016, and Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2018.

 

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Susumu Kitagawa

Deputy Director-General, Distinguished Professor, and iCeMS Director

Ph.D. in Engineering, Kyoto University. Kitagawa served as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Kindai University, Professor at the Department of Chemistry of Tokyo Metropolitan University. In 1998, he moved back to Kyoto University and served as Professor at Graduate School of Engineering until 2017, he became Director of iCeMS in 2013, and appointed as Distinguished Professor at KUIAS in 2017.
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, received the Japan Academy Prize in 2016, the Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize in 2017, and was elected as a member of the Japan Academy in 2019.

 

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Susumu Kitagawa

Invited Distinguished Professor

Takeo Kanade

Takeo Kanade

Invited Distinguished Professor

Ph.D. in Engineering, Kyoto University. Kanade has been U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) since 1998, after serving as Research Assistant and Associate Professor at Kyoto University and also as Associate Professor and Professor at CMU. He has contributed to the basic theory of computer vision and introduced a series of innovative applied technologies in robotics including automated driving and new media using a large number of cameras, constantly advancing the frontiers of this academic field for many years.
He was elected as a foreign member of US National Academy of Engineering in 1997, received the Kyoto Prize for his achievements in 2016 and IEEE Founders Medal in 2017. He was also selected as a Person of Cultural Merit by the Minister of MEXT in 2019, and was elected as a member of the Japan Academy in 2020.

 

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ASHBi Director

Mitinori Saitou

Professor and ASHBi Director

M.D., Ph.D., Kyoto University. Saitou served as Team Leader at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology. After serving as Professor at the Graduate School of Medicine at Kyoto University, he moved into his current position with the establishment of ASHBi in 2018.
He is engaged in research on clarifying developmental mechanisms of germ cells that are the origin of all life and their reconstitution in vitro, as well as the evolution of genomic and epigenomic regulatory mechanisms in germ cells.
Saitou was awarded the Takeda Prize for Medical Science in 2016, and received the Asahi Prize, Uehara Prize, Imperial Prize and Japan Academy Prize, and the Momentum Award from the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) in 2020. He is an associate member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

 

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