Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Masatoshi Takeichi

Dr. Masatoshi Takeichi

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    27 November 1943

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2005 Japan Prize

Major Awards Received

1989 Tsukahara Nakaakira Award
1992 Chunichi Culture Award
1993 Osaka Science Award
1994 Asahi Award, Asahi Shimbun
1995 Academic Prize of the Princess Takamatsuno-miya Cancer Research Foundation
1996 Japan Academy Prize
1996 Uehara Award
2001 Ross Harrison Prize (International Society of Developmental Biologists)
2001 Keio Medical Science Prize
2004 Person of Cultural Merits

Major Honors

Member, The Japan Academy

Members and Professional Activities

The Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists
The Japan Society for Cell Biology
The Molecular Biology Society of Japan
Japan Neuroscience Society
Japanese Cancer Association

Academic Degrees

1966 B.Sc. in Biology, Nagoya University
1968 M.Sc. in Biology, Nagoya University
1973 Ph.D. in Biophysics, Kyoto University

Professional Career

1970-78 Assistant Professor, Department of Biophysics,
Faculty of Science, Kyoto University
1978-86 Associate Professor, Department of Biophysics, Kyoto University
1986-99 Professor, Department of Biophysics, Kyoto University
1992-97 Visiting Professor, National Institute for Basic Biology
1993-98 Head, Center for Molecular and Developmental Biology,
Faculty of Science, Kyoto University
1999-2002 Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology,,
Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University
2000- present Director, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology


  • Director of RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology

Major Publications

  • Takeichi, M. (1977) Functional correlation between cell adhesive properties and some cell surface proteins. J. Cell Biol. 75, 464-474.
  • Yoshida, N. and Takeichi, M. (1982) Teratocarcinoma cell adhesion: Identification of a cell surface protein involved in calcium-dependent cell aggregation. Cell 28, 217-224.
  • Hatta, K. and Takeichi, M. (1986) Expression of N-cadherin adhesion molecules associated with early morphogenetic events in chicken embryos. Nature 320, 447-449.
  • Shirayoshi, Y., Hatta, K., Hosoda, M., Tsunasawa, S., Sakiyama, F. and Takeichi, M. (1986) Cadherin cell adhesion molecules with distinct binding specificities share a common structure. EMBO J.5, 2485-2488.
  • Nagafuchi, A., Shirayoshi, Y., Okazaki, K., Yasuda, K. and Takeichi, M. (1987) Transformation of cell adhesion properties by exogenously introduced E-cadherin cDNA. Nature 329, 341-343.
  • Nose, A., Nagafuchi, A. and Takeichi, M. (1988) Expressed recombinant cadherins mediate cell sorting in model systems. Cell 54, 993-1001.
  • Hirano, S., Kimoto, N., Shimoyama, Y., Hirohashi, S. and Takeichi, M. (1992) Identification of a neural α-catenin as a key regulator of cadherin function and multicellular organization. Cell 70, 293-301.
  • Togashi, H., Abe, K., Mizoguchi, A., Chisaka, O., and Takeichi, M. (2002) Cadherin regulates dendritic spine morphogenesis. Neuron 35, 77-89.
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