George and Christine Sosnovsky Award in Cancer Therapy 2016 Winner

Professor Yoshito Kishi
Professor Yoshito Kishi
Harvard University

Awarded for his extraordinary synthetic and medicinal chemistry research contributions to the treatment of incurable, late-stage, metastatic breast cancer


About the Winner

Kishi received both BS (1961) and PhD (1966) degrees from Nagoya University under the supervision of the late Professors Yoshimasa Hirata and Toshio Goto. During the period from 1966 through 1969 when he was Instructor in the Department of Chemistry at Nagoya University, he took a leave of absence (1966-1968) to conduct research at Harvard University as a postdoctoral research fellow with the late Professor Robert Burns Woodward.

Upon returning to Nagoya, he was promoted to the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Chemistry. He was invited as Visiting Professor of Chemistry at Harvard for the 1972-73 academic year, and appointed as Professor of Chemistry at Harvard in 1974, and then as Morris Loeb Professor of Chemistry in 1982. He served as the Chairman for the Department of Chemistry from 1989 through 1992. He retired from the formal classroom teaching in 2002, but is conducting research with postdoctoral research fellows.

In addition, he was the Chairman of the Advisory Board for Eisai Research Institute of Boston from 1987 through 2006. From 2006 through 2012, he served as the Chairman of Scientific Advisory Board for the Eisai Pharmaceutical Company, Japan.