Toshio Yanagida, a Specially Appointed Professor of the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences (and also Director of the Osaka University / National Institute of Information and Communications Technology Center for Information and Neural Networks), has been selected by the Japanese government as a 2013 recipient of the title of Person of Cultural Merit. This award recognizes Professor Yanagida’s immense contribution to the field of biophysics through his research on bio-molecular machines, including development of the “unimolecular measurement technique” and explication of the motion principles of molecular motors that use a type of muscular contraction known as actomyosin.
Brief biography: Born 1946. Completed the Master’s program (Electrical Engineering) in the Osaka University Graduate School of Engineering Science in 1971; employed at Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Obtained Doctor of Engineering in 1976. Worked as a Professor in Osaka University’s Schools of Engineering Science and Medicine before becoming a Professor of the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences in 2002. Currently a Specially Appointed Professor in the same graduate school and also the Deputy Director of the Osaka University’s WPI (World Premier International Research Center) Immunology Frontier Research Center, Director of the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center, Director of the RIKEN HPCI Program for Computational Life Sciences, and Director of the Osaka University / National Institute of Information and Communications Technology Center for Information and Neural Networks.