Hiroki Kuroda was born in Kyoto, Japan, and was educated at the Graduate School of Arts of Sciences, the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, under the support of the Supervisor Professor Makoto Asashima, who discovered the mesoderm inducer activin and was known as a Pioneering Developmental Biologist. He received his Ph.D. degree for his work for discovering the regulation of the adhesive properties of prenotochord cells by axial protocadherin. Then, Kuroda held a Postdoctoral position at UCLA and started working with Professor Edward M. De Robertis, who is one of the best Embryologists in the world. Within four years in De Robertis’ Lab, Kuroda discovered a novel signaling center in the blastula and a new mechanism of the neural induction of the Xenopus dissociated animal cap cells. After the Postdoctoral degree, Kuroda attained the Associate Professor position at the Department of Education (sciences), Shizuoka University, Japan. At the Shizuoka University, he continues to study regulation of neural induction. Recently, he moved to Keio University, Japan.
Biography Updated on 10 November 2013