Hidetaka Akita serves as an Associate Professor of pharmaceutics at the Laboratory for Molecular Design of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan. He received the B.S., M. S., and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1997, 1999, and 2002, respectively. After a Research Fellowship for young scientists from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS), he was appointed to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokkaido University. He was promoted to the rank of an associate professor at the same university in 2010. His main research interest is as follows: development of gene delivery system for functional nucleic acids and plasmid DNA by controlling an intracellular trafficking, quantitative evaluation of the organelle distribution, dynamic transport of nanoparticle, targeting of specified organs (i.e. liver, tumor, lung, and brain) for macromolecule delivery, and nanoparticle-mediated DNA vaccine application. In November 2006, Akita received the 13th Konica Minolta Imaging Science Award. In December 2007, he received the Incentive Award, Hokkaido affiliated society of The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan. In May 2010, he received the Incentive Award from The Academy of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Japan (APSTJ), and in October of the same year, he received the J. Pharm. Sci. 2010 Top Reviewer. In March 2011, Akita won The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan Award for Young Scientists.
Biography Updated on 12 April 2012