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Junichi Tanaka

1. Inorganic Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Transition-Metal Complex

2. Name : Junichi Tanaka

3. E-mail :

4. Phone : +81-98-895-8560

5. Facsimile : +81-98-895-8565

6. Website :

7. Education & Professional Appointments :

1982: Master of Science, University of the Ryukyus

1982-1996: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science, University of the Ryukyus

1988-1989: Visiting Researcher, Osaka University, Japan

1990: Doctor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University

1996-2007: Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, University of the Ryukyus

2002-2003: Visiting Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

2007-present: Professor, Faculty of Science, University of the Ryukyus

8. Research Interests :

We conduct investigative research into new bioactive compounds (research on the chemical structures of bioactive substances) from coral reef life (particularly invertebrates) of Okinawa, Indonesia, etc. We also engage in collaborative initiatives with other researchers, both in Japan and overseas on related research (mode of action, structure-activity relationship, biodiversity, biosynthetic genes, etc.). In addition to knowledge on organic chemistry and organic instrumental analysis, we also want students to have an interest in life sciences. At present we have joint research projects with: The Tropical Biosphere Research Center (University of the Ryukyus); in Japan: OP Bio Factory, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science (AIST), Waseda University, Yamanashi University, Tokyo University, Meiji Seika Pharma, etc; overseas: Pharma Mar, Spain; McGill University, Canada; Lampung University, Diponegoro University, Indonesia; etc.

9. Publications

Publications on 2003 or later are available on the laboratory website. Totally 96 papers were published on refereed journals.

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