The 4th International Symposium on Transformative Bio-Molecules (ISTbM-4)

The Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM) at Nagoya University in Japan, will be holding "The 4th International Symposium on Transformative Bio-Molecules (ISTbM-4)" on December 12-13, 2016 at the Noyori Conference Hall in Nagoya University. This international symposium brings together speakers who are world-class scientists in the fields of biology, chemistry, and theoretical sciences. In conjunction with ISTbM-4, award lectures from the 12th Hirata Award Winner, Professor Emily P. Balskus of Harvard University (USA), and the 2nd Tsuneko and Reiji Okazaki Award Winner, Professor Yukiko M. Yamashita of the University of Michigan and HHMI (USA) will also be delivered.

The 4th International Symposium on Transformative Bio-Molecules
Date: December 12-13, 2016
Venue: Noyori Conference Hall, Nagoya University, Japan
Invited Lecturers:

  • Kendall N. Houk (University of California Los Angeles, USA)
  • Azusa Kamikouchi (Nagoya University, Japan)
  • Marina Kuimova (Imperial College London, UK)
  • Randall Peterson (Harvard Medical School, USA)
  • Jeffrey Bode (ITbM, Nagoya University, Japan; ETH-Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Yuichiro Tsuchiya (ITbM, Nagoya University, Japan)
  • Shinsuke Sando (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Peter McCourt (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Cathleen Crudden (ITbM, Nagoya University, Japan; Queen's University, Canada)
  • Scott J. Miller (Yale University, USA)
  • Hagan Bayley (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Keiko U. Torii (ITbM, Nagoya University, Japan; Univ. of Washington/HHMI, USA)

The 12th Hirata Award
Award Winner: Emily P. Balskus (Harvard University, USA)

The 2nd Tsuneko and Reiji Okazaki Award
Award Winner: Yukiko M. Yamashita (University of Michigan and HHMI, USA)

Sponsored by: Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University (
Registration: Free of charge
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Hirata Award:
Tsuneko and Reiji Okazaki Award:


Dr. Ayato Sato
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About WPI-ITbM

The Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM) at Nagoya University in Japan is committed to advance the integration of synthetic chemistry, plant/animal biology and theoretical science, all of which are traditionally strong fields in the university. ITbM is one of the research centers of the Japanese MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) program, the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI). The aim of ITbM is to develop transformative bio-molecules, innovative functional molecules capable of bringing about fundamental change to biological science and technology. Research at ITbM is carried out in a "Mix-Lab" style, where international young researchers from various fields work together side-by-side in the same lab, enabling interdisciplinary interaction. Through these endeavors, ITbM will create "transformative bio-molecules" that will dramatically change the way of research in chemistry, biology and other related fields to solve urgent problems, such as environmental issues, food production and medical technology that have a significant impact on the society.

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