I retired from Hiroshima University on 31 March 2003 to be an emeritus professor. Thank you for your cooperation and friendship.

BIOGRAPHY

Kazuo YAMASAKI

Date of Birth: 16 September 1939
Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan
Professor, Department of Pharmacognosy
Division of Medicinal Chemistry
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,
Hiroshima University
Office Address: 1-2-3, Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima,
Post code: 734-8551, JAPAN
Office Tel. +81-82-257-5285
FAX: +81-82-257-5289
e-mail address kazuoy@hiroshima-u.ac.jp
http://www.pharm.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/~lyamasaki/index-e.html

1963 Graduated from the University of Tokyo
(Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences)
1969 PhD. The University of Tokyo
Title of the theses: Biosynthesis of Ephedrine
(Under the supervision of Prof. Shoji Shibata)
1970 Postdoctoral fellow, University College of Swansea (UK)
Study on the biosynthesis of monamycin
(Under the supervision of Prof. C. H. Hassall)
1971 Associate Professor of Hiroshima University
(Prof. Osamu Tanaka's Lab)
Study on the application of 13C NMR spectroscopy on the structural study of natural product, Evaluation of Ephedra alkaloid.
Enzymatic transglycosylation.
Natural sweeteners (stevioside and its congeners, up to now)
1980 Professor of Hiroshima University (CURRENT)
Study on plant tissue culture - 1989
Search for bioactive constituents from Asian and African medicinal plants (Chinese, Philippine, Thai, Vietnamese, Egyptian, Malagasy [Madagascar] origin).
Development of bioassay system
(Anti-allergy, Glucose transporter, Brine shrimp etc.)
Chemotaxonomical study on Premna (Verbenaceae), Ehretia (Boraginaceae), Albizia (Leguminosae)
Structural study of plant glycosides (Iridoid, Diterpene, Triterpene, Phenylpropanoid, Lignan), especially Panax saponins
1988 General Manager of The Society of Japanese Society of Pharmacognosy
(-1991)
1989 Editorial Board of "Chem. Pharm. Bull." in The Society of Pharmaceutical Society of Japan (-1991)
1998 Director of experimental station of Medicinal Plants (Faculty of Medicine, Hiroshima University)
1999 Japanese National Point of Contact Representative for the UNESCO regional network on the chemistry of natural products in South-East Asia
2003 Retired from Hiroshima University to be an Emeritus Professor
Vice President of The Japanese Society of Pharmacognosy


Recent Main Publications (with Abstracts)