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Hokkaido University

Prof. Shin-Ichiro Nishimura is a Professor in the Graduate School of Life Science at Hokkaido University. His scientific research interests range through chemical biology, polymer chemistry, carbohydrate chemistry, and medicinal chemistry. His recent paper, ‘’One-pot Synthesis of Cyclic Antifreeze Glycopeptides” was highlighted in Chemical  Biology Research News. His research work holds promise for new discoveries of disease biomarkers for hepatocellular carcinoma, kidney cancer, prostate cancer, rheumatism, diabetes, as well as several other diseases.

Prof. Nishimura received his B.S. in 1982 and his Ph.D. in 1987 from Hokkaido University. Following his postdoctoral work at RIKEN, he then worked in the Department of Industrial Chemistry at Seikei University as Research Associate. He moved to Hokkaido University, initially as Lecturer of Polymer Science in 1992 and as Professor of Biological Science in the Graduate School of Science in 1993. During 1993-1994, he was a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University in United States, where he designed some glycopolymers and fluorescent labeled sugar derivatives for analyzing functions of carbohydrate in relation to the “cluster effects”. He has served as Director of the Drug-Seeds Discovery Research Laboratory at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. Honors include a member of The Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars; the Fifth Green and Sustainable Chemistry Award (2006); Hokkaido Shimbun Culture Award for his contributions to research on glycoconjugates and their application to drug discovery (2008); Chairman’s Award of the Science Council of Japan (2009). In addition to his academic accomplishments, Dr. Nishimura has been active on various committees; and is a section editor of Glycoscience: Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He has published over 260 academic papers and over 63 reviews and book chapters.

Recently Shionogi Co., Ltd. and Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. had established the company called “Ezose Sciences. Inc.” in United States. Prof. Nishimura is positioned as Scientific Adviser of Ezose Sciences, Inc.