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Shin-ichi Fukuoka

Shin-Ichi Fukuoka

professor/author. Born in Tokyo in 1959.

Shin-Ichi FUKUOKA started his career to be a scientist in biological science and had education at Kyoto University in Japan (BA,MA and Ph.D), Rockefeller University and Harvard Medical School (postdoc). His research field has been exocrine pancreas, secretory pathway, membrane-anchored proteins, tryptophan metabolism in the brain and mad cow disease (BSE). He is doing a theoretical modeling of the dynamic equilibrium which makes life alive. He has run  laboratories and taught at Kyoto University and Aoyama Gakuin University (Tokyo). 
His research team has published papers in prestigious scientific journals including Nature, JBC, PNAS and Pros One. He is now a visiting professor at Rockefeller University (NYC) to continue the research.

Meanwhile, Dr. Fukuoka has started writing books, based on his scientific achievement, which bridges between once separated two cultures, the humanities and the science for general readers.  He has engaged in major publishers, and some of his books won major book awards and became national best sellers.

As a spin off project,  Dr. Fukuoka has organized a Vermeer recreate exhibition in Japan displaying high-resolution, digitally recreated paintings of all 37 Vermeer's masterpieces.
It drew 150,000 visitors over 10 months and New York Times featured him on the front page.
Receate Vermeer exhibition has been done in New York during Feb.24 and Mar.21, 2015.

Education and research activities

1987-1988 Lecturer, Kyoto University
1988-1989 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular Cell Biology, Rockefeller University
1989-1991 Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School
1991-2004 Associate Professor, Kyoto University
2004-Present Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University
2013-Currently a visiting professor at Rockefeller University

Award history

2006 Kodansha Publishing Culture Award Science Publishing Award  
2006 1st Science Journalist Award
2007 29th Suntory Prize for Social Sciences <Society / Customs Category>  

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