Yasufumi Ohfune studied chemistry at Hokkaido University where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1976 under the supervision of Professor Takeshi Matumoto. After postdoctoral work with Professor Paul A. Grieco at University of Pittsburgh (1976-1979), he was appointed Researcher at the Suntory Institute for Bioorganic Research in 1979. In 1995, he moved to Osaka City University as Professor, where he is currently Professor of Graduate School of Science. He was appointed to the dean of Graduate School of Science from 2003 to 2005. He was a recipient of the 1982 Young Chemist Award from the Japan Chemical Society. His research interests include total synthesis and new synthetic methods for bioactive compounds, in particular, non-proteinous amino acids, a-substituted a-amino acids, non-alkaloidal nitrogen-containing natural products, glutamate analogs, and studies on excitatory amino acid receptors in mammalian CNS. He is a Field Editor (Synthesis Section) of “Amino Acids” Splinger Wien New York.
Biography Updated on 23 December 2008