Prof. Koichi Kato
Director, Professor Exploratory Research Center on Life and Living Systems, National Institutes of Natural Sciences
Koichi Kato received his Ph.D. in 1991 at Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the University of Tokyo under the supervision of Prof. Yoji Arata, and continued his research as Assistant Professor and Lecturer in the same institution. In 2000, he moved to Nagoya City University as full Professor. In 2008, he moved to Okazaki Institute for Integrative Bioscience, National Institutes of Natural Sciences, holding a Professor position concurrently at Nagoya City University. Since 2018, he has been the first director of Exploratory Research Center on Life and Living Systems, National Institutes of Natural Sciences. His research interests include structural analyses of glycoconjugates by NMR spectroscopy and other biophysical and biochemical methods. Based on his accomplishments, he was awarded the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan Award for Young Scientists in 2000, the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan Award for Divisional Scientific Promotions as well as the 48th Baelz Prize in 2011. From 2013 to 2017, he acted as project leader of JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas “Dynamical ordering of biomolecular systems for creation of integrated functions”. He is the former president (2018-2019) of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Society of Japan.