Akiyoshi Wada Finding Aid

Akiyoshi Wada is Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University, after having been professor of Physics of the University and Director of the RIKEN Genomic Sciences Center (GSC), Yokohama, Japan. Currently he is the Special Advisor of GSC, President of Yokohama Science Center, and Executive Director of Ochanomizu University. Wada studied biological macromolecules in Prof Paul Doty's lab at Harvard University before joining the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Science at Tokyo University, where he studied the physical properties of DNA and proteins until 1990. In 1981, Wada led a national project in Japan to develop the world's first automated DNA sequencing device. Wada was President of Biophysical Society of Japan (1974-1975), Council member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) (1978-1984) and Director of Science Division of The Science Council of Japan (1997-2000). He was an instrumental architect of the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) in 1988. [http://www.nature.com/milestones/miledna/advisors/index.html]


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