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Tohru Fukuyama

Professor Tohru Fukuyama received his BSc and MSc in 1971 and 1973, respectively, from Nagoya University and PhD in Chemistry in 1977 from Harvard University all under the direction of Professor Yoshito Kishi. He continued to study at Harvard University as a Postdoctoral Fellow between 1977 and 1978. In 1978 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Rice University, Houston, Texas. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1982 and to Full Professor in 1988. In 1995 he returned to Japan to join the faculty of the University of Tokyo where he is currently Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. His main research interests include total synthesis of structurally interesting molecules of medicinal importance and development of synthetically useful methodology. He is also interested in developing novel protecting groups. He has been successful in the total synthesis of such natural products as catharanthine, CP-263,114, cyanocycline, ecteinascidin 743, FR900482, gelsemine, isomitomycin A, K252a, leinamycin, mitomycin C, polyamine spider toxins, quinocarcine, vinblastine, and vindoline. He serves on the Editorial Board of SYNTHESIS. He received the ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award in 1993 and the Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award, Japan, in 2002.

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