Tohru Fukuyama, Nagoya University, Japan
Tohru Fukuyama was born in 1948 in Anjo, Japan and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Nagoya University. He then earned his Ph.D. in 1977 at Harvard University under the direction of Professor Yoshito Kishi. He began his independent career at Rice University in 1978 and rose to the rank of Professor in 1988. He returned to his home country and joined the faculty of the University of Tokyo in 1995 and then moved to Nagoya University where he is currently Designated Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. His main research interest is total synthesis of natural products and development of synthetic methodology.