Shin-ichiro Shoda received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1981 under the supervision of Professor Teruaki Mukaiyama in the field of synthetic organic chemistry, where he developed the glycosyl fluoride method as a novel glycosylating technology. After spending three years working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo, he conducted his postdoctoral fellowship at ETH-Zurich (from 1984 till 1986) with Professor Dieter Seebach. In 1986, he moved to Tohoku University ( in Sendai, Japan), joined the labs of Professor Shiro Kobayashi, and worked as an Associate Professor in the field of polymer synthesis, where he developed new chemo-enzymatic methods for synthesis of oligo- and polysaccharides by using glycosyl fluorides and sugar oxazolines as glycosyl donors. In 1999, he was promoted to a Full Professor at Tohoku University in the Functional Macromolecular Chemistry Laboratory. He was a Member of the Research Center for Science System at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (from 2003 till 2005). He received the Japan Chemical Society Award for Young Chemist (1986), Science and Technology Institute Award for New Invention (1993), and Cellulose Society of Japan Award (2002). His research interests include synthesis of carbohydrates, the development of novel glycosylation reactions, and macromolecular architecture and precision synthesis of well-designed functional oligo- and polysaccharides.
Biography Updated on 2 December 2010