Masaaki Morikawa was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1960. He obtained his M.E. degree in fermentation technology and D.E. degree in biotechnology from the Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan, in 1985 and 1994, respectively. In 1985, Morikawa entered The Nisshin Oil Mills Ltd., Tokyo. From 1986 to 1989, he was dispatched to the National Chemical Laboratory for Industry, Ministry of Industry and Technology, as a Visiting Researcher. In 1991, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at Osaka University. From 1996 to 2001, he played a leading role in the Program for Promotion of Basic Research Activities for Innovative Biosciences (ProBRAIN), Japan. Then, from 2001 to 2002, he was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Medical School, USA. Presently, he is a Professor of environmental molecular biology at Hokkaido University. He is mainly interested in environmental microbiology: biosurfactants, biofilms, oil bacteria, rhizobacteria, and hyperthermophilic archaea. Moreover, Morikawa received the Journal award from the Journal of Fermentation and Bioengineering in 1993, 1994, and 1999 (The Society for Biotechnology) and Takeda Techno-Entrepreneurship Award Finalist in 2001 (The Takeda Foundation). In 2003, he received the Research Award for Fermentation and Metabolism (Japan Bioindustry Association) and Enzyme Application Symposium Award in 2007 (Amano Enzyme Inc.). He has been on the Editorial Board of the Open Biotechnology Journal and on the Advisory Board of Applied Biology and Chemistry.
Biography Updated on 26 July 2009