- Takashi Gojobori
Takashi Gojobori, a Japanese molecular biologist, is Vice-Director of the
National Institute of Genetics(NIG) and Professor at Center for Information Biology and DNA Data Bank of Japan(DDBJ) in NIG, Mishima, Japan. He has also been co-appointed as the Special Research Consultant of the National Institutes of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology(AIST), as a Visiting Professor of Keio Universityand as a Visiting Research Director of RIKEN.
After finishing his Ph.D. (1979) at
Kyushu University, Japan, he was Research Associate and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Houstonfor 4 years (1979-1983). He was also Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington Universityin St. Louis (1985, 1986) and Visiting Research Fellow at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund(ICRF) in London (1989).
He has been elected Academician member of the
Pontifical Academy of Sciencesin the Vatican (2007) and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences(2006) and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS) (2006). He has received the Gaetano Salvatore Gold Medal from Italy (2004) and some of the major Japanese awards.
He is the Editor of
Geneand FEBS Letters, and Associate Editor of MBEand PLoS Genetics. He has also served on the editorial boards of 6 international journals including Genome Researchand BMC Genomics. He was the Editor of JMEfor 8 years (1995-2003).
He has 321 publications in
peer-reviewed international journals, as of October 31, 2007. He has worked extensively on the rates of synonymous and non synonymous substitutions, positive selection, horizontal gene transfer, viral evolution, genomic evolution, and comparative gene expressionics. In recent years, he has focused on the evolution of the brain and CNS.
He has contributed to the DDBJ/GenBank/EMBL database construction as well as the
H-Invitationalhuman gene database.
He has been served as the Program Director of the Council for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP) of the Government of Japan. He is also the Science Officer of the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports, Culture, and Technology (MEXT).
Prof. Gojobori is a Honorary Foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the AAAS. Pope Benedict XVI appointed Prof. Gojobori as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (2006).
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