Morimasa Wada was born in Tokyo, Japan. He received the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees from the Faculty of Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan, in 1982 and 1985, respectively. As professional experiences, Wada was Research Fellow at the RIKEN Life Science Center (from 1985 to 1988), Visiting professor at Washington University Medical School (from 1988 to 1989), Assistant professor at Kyoto Pharmaceutical University (from 1989 to 1992), Assistant professor at Oita Medical University (from 1992 to 1993), Assistant professor at Kyushu University (from 1993 to 1996), Associate professor at Kyushu University (from 1996 to 2000), Associate professor at Kyushu University Graduate School of Medical Sciences (from 2000 to 2006), Professor at Nagasaki International University (from 2006 till now). His major research interests are 1) interindividual variation of drug-response/disease-risk and personalized medicine, 2) molecular structure, transport mechanism, and physiological function of ABC transporters, and 3) functional analysis by genome manipulation and its application to medicine. He identified ABCC2 gene as a resistant factor against anticancer agents in 1996 and found it as the responsible gene for the Dubin-Johnson syndrome in 1998. He also found the unexpected participation of an ABC transporter in tumorigenesis in 2003. He is Cochair (with N. Hamasaki) for the first JBS Bio-Frontier Symposium sponsored by the Japan Biochemical Society and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.
Biography Updated on 2 January 2012