Kazuya Yamagata was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. He attended Osaka University School of Medicine and received the M.D. degree in 1987. He was awarded the Ph.D. degree from Osaka University, japan, in 1991 for his studies of the molecular genetics of type 1 diabetes. From 1993 to 1997, Yamagata was a Research Associate, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Medicine, The University of Chicago, working with his mentor, Professor Graeme I. Bell, and during this period, he succeeded in the identification of genes for a monogenic form of diabetes called maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY). From 1998 to 2000, he was a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. In 2000, he was an Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine and Molecular Science, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University. Presently, he is a Professor, Department of Medical Biochemistry, Faculty of Life Sciences, Kumamoto University. He is mainly interested in the molecular mechanisms of type 2 diabetes as well as MODY. Yamagata is a recipient of a Research Award of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine in 1999, JES Research Award of The Japan Endocrine Society in 2002, and The Lilly Award of Japan Diabetes Society in 2007.
Biography Updated on 24 June 2010