Keiji Numata earned his Ph.D. degree (2007) with a thesis centered on enzymatic degradation and synthesis with hydrolases of biopolymers, especially poly(hydroxyalkanoate), under the supervision of Professors Yoshiharu Doi and Hideki Abe. His Ph.D. thesis includes works on enzymatic polymerization to synthesize branched biopolymers, which has been performed in Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, under the supervision of Professor Ann-Christine Albertsson and Associate Professor Anna Finne-Wistrand. Dr. Numata worked as a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad at Tufts University (USA) where he studied biosynthesis of silk-based polymers via bacterial pathways as well as biomedical application of silk-based polymers to gene carriers in the Laboratory of Stern Family Professor in Engineering David L. Kaplan. Dr. Numata moved to RIKEN in 2010 to start up the Enzyme Research Team and also to investigate biopolyester synthases in addition to biosynthesis and applications of polypeptide polymers.
Biography Updated on 19 February 2013