Akimitsu Okamoto

E-mail: okamoto(at)

Prof. Okamoto -Education

  1. B.S.; Synthetic Chemistry, Kyoto University, 1993
  2. M.S.; Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Kyoto University, 1995
  3. Dr.Eng.; Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Kyoto University, 1998

Prof. Okamoto -Appointments

  1. Postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998-1999
  2. Research Associate at Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University, 1999-2006
  3. Unit Leader of Okamoto IRU, Advanced Science Institute (Frontier Research System, 2006-2007), RIKEN, 2006-2011
  4. Associate Chief Scientist of Nucleic Acid Chemistry Laboratory, Advanced Science Institute, RIKEN, 2011-2012
  5. Professor at Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Department of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS), School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 2012-present
  6. Professor at The Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo, 2012-present
  7. Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, 2020

Prof. Okamoto -Awards

  1. International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies: Student Poster Award, 1995
  2. The JSPS Fellowship for Japanese Junior Scientist, 1996-1998
  3. Chisso Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan, 2001
  4. The Lectureship Award of Young Generation Special Forum from the Chemical Society of Japan, 2002
  5. Lecture Award in Division of Biofunctoinal Chemistry, The Chemical Society of Japan, 2003
  6. Young Investigator’s Award of Japanese Society for Photomedicine and Photobiology, 2004
  7. Investigator’s Award of Research Foundation for Opto-Science and Technology, 2005
  8. The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists, 2005
  9. The Association Grants Fellowships to Young Researchers, The Association for The Progress of New Chemistry, 2005
  10. Chemical and Biological Material Grant, Japan Bioindustry Association, 2006
  11. The Young Scientists’ Prize, The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, 2007
  12. Royal Society of Chemistry, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry (OBC) Lecture Award, 2008
  13. JSPS Prize, 2012