Kazunori Kataoka

iCONM

Dr. Kazunori Kataoka is the Director General of Innovation Center of NanoMedicine (iCONM), Kawasaki Institute of Industry Promotion. He is also a Professor at Policy Alternatives Research Institute, The University of Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. (1979) in Polymer Chemistry from The University of Tokyo. He started his academic career at Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Tokyo Womenís Medical College as Assistant Professor (1979) and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988. He moved to Department of Materials Engineering, Tokyo University of Science in 1989 as Associate Professor and was promoted to full Professor in 1994. He then moved to Department of Materials Engineering, The University of Tokyo in 1998 as full Professor. He was appointed joint-position of full Professor at Center for Disease Biology and Integrative Medicine, The University of Tokyo Medical School in 2004. In 2016, he moved to the current position of Professor at Policy Alternative Research Institute, the University of Tokyo, and the Director General of Innovation Center of NanoMedicine (iCONM), Kawasaki Institute of Industry Promotion. He has been appointed as Adjunct Professor at Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill since 2015. He has received several scientific awards, including the Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (2000), the Clemson Award from the Society for Biomaterials, USA (2005), the Founderís Award from the Controlled Release Society (2008), NIMS Award (2009), The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of MEXT, Japan (2010), Humboldt Research Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2012), Leo Esaki Prize (2012), and Princess Takamatsu Cancer Research Fund Prize (2017). He has been elected as a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and as a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI) since 2017. In 2018, he was installed Doctor Honoris Causa (Dr.h.c.) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. Dr. Kataoka has published over 500 peer-reviewed papers (h-index 136). He has been on the board of over 15 international journals, including Editor of Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition and Associate Editor of ACS Nano. His current major research interests include supramolecular materials for nanobiotechnology, focusing on drug and gene delivery systems.

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