Masatoshi Takeichi

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Masatoshi Takeichi
Nationality Japanese
Fields Cell biology
Institutions RIKEN
Kyoto University
Alma mater Nagoya University
Known for Cadherin
Notable awards Japan Prize (2005)

Masatoshi Takeichi (竹市 雅俊 Takeichi Masatoshi, born November 27, 1943?) is a Japanese cell biologist, who servef as director of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe, Japan until 2014. He is known for his identification of the cadherin class of adhesion molecules.[1]


Takeichi was born in Aichi prefecture, Japan and graduated in 1966 from the Faculty of Science, Nagoya University.[2] He received his Ph.D. from Kyoto University in 1973.[3] He was a member of the faculty of Kyoto University between 1970 and 2000, before being appointed as director of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in 2000.[2] He is a member of the Japan Academy and the United States National Academy of Sciences.


Fundamental contribution in elucidating the molecular mechanisms of cell adhesion[3]


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  1. ^ Powell, K. (2005). "The sticky business of discovering cadherins". The Journal of Cell Biology. 170 (4): 514. doi:10.1083/jcb1704fta1. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "細胞から個体へ - 脇道から到達した発生生物学の本流" Biography of Masatoshi Takeichi(Japanese)
  3. ^ a b c Dr Masatoshi Takeichi, Laureate of Japan Prize