Principal Investigator

Dr. Junko Ohkanda
Professor, Institute of Agriculture, Shinshu University

Junko Ohkanda started her first independent academic carrier in Japan at Tokyo Gakugei University in 2004 shortly after she returned from the US, and later she was appointed as an Associate Professor of Osaka University (Professor Nobuo Kato's research lab) in 2005, and Kyoto University (Prof. Motonari Uesugi's research lab) in 2013. In October 2016, she was promoted to a Professor at Department of Agriculture, Shinshu University, where her research group focuses on programs in the field of bioorganic medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. Her research interests include designing synthetic molecules that modulate intracellular protein interactions based on rational and semi-rational approaches using structure-based design and focused combinatorial libraries.


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blank Satoko Kohara
Administrative Assistant

From Ina, Nagano


igaue Shota Igaue
Graduate Student

From Urawa, Saitama
sugino Fumitoshi Sugino
Graduate Student

From Iruma, Saitama
tanaka Kenta Tanaka
Graduate Student

From Choshi, Chiba
kiriyama Hironaru Kiriyama
Graduate Student

From Oizumi, Tokyo
horiuchi Naomi Horiuchi
Graduate Student

From Nagano, Nagano
images/people/ya.jpgyamashita Emi Yamashita
Graduate Student

From Saku, Nagano
Yoshiya Hatano
Graduate Student

From Edogawa, Tokyo
Nanami Ogino
Undergraduate Student

From Azumino, Nagano
Kazuya Yamanaka
Undergraduate Student

From Ogikubo,Tokyo

Former Members

Former Members Destination
Kakeru Usuba Wako Chemical, Co.
Ritsuko Satoh Teaching position at elememtary school, Tokyo
Kazushige Shiohara Teaching position, Kanagawa
Yu Haranosono Senju Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.
Yu Watanabe Tosoh Co.
Eriko Iwasa Postdoc at Danica Fujimori Group, UCSF
Masato Hirano (GS) Teaching position at Joso-Gakuen High School, Ibaragi
Toshio Maki (GS) Nihon Yushi, Co.
Kohei Fujii (GS) -
Shinnosuke Machida (GS) Senju Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.
Akie Kawamura (GS) Hamari Chemicals, Ltd.
Daisuke Hayashi (GS) Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd.
Yoshinobu Yamaguchi (GS) Sakai, Osaka
Michiko Takahashi (GS) JNC Co.
Mai Tsubamoto (GS) Nippon Kayaku Co.
Chenyu Wang (GS) Research Assistant, National University of Singapore
Atsushi Kusumoto (GS) Uemura Co., Ltd.
Prakash Parvatkar (PD) Eastwestern University
Louvy Punzalan (GS) Uesugi Group, Kyoto University
Toan Kahnh Le (Research Student) Osaka University
Yusuke Hosoya (GS) CMIC Pharmascience, Ltd.
Ryoma Masuda (GS) Lion Co., Ltd.
Yosei Nagaoka (GS) Shiraishi Kogyo Kaisha, Ltd.



Junko Ohkanda, Ph. D.

Academic career

2016 Professor, Academic Assembly, Institute of Agriculture,Shinshu University
2013 Associate Professor, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University
2005 Associate Professor, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University
2004 Lecturer, Tokyo Gakugei University
2003 Research Scientist, Drug Discovery Department, Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., New Haven, CT.
2002 Associate Research Scientist, Department of Chemistry, Yale University (Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Hamilton)
1998 Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Chemistry, Yale University (Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Hamilton)
1996 Ph. D., University of Tokyo
1991 Research Associate, Seikei University
1990 Research Scientist, R&D Center, Ricoh Corp. Ltd., Yokohama
1990 Master of Science, Department of Chemistry, Ochanomizu University

Research fields

Bioorganic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology

Current research interests

Design of synthetic mid-sized agents for disrupting and detecting protein-protein interactions,elucidation of the mechanism of action of antitumor agents derived from natural products, and exploring antibacterial and antimalarial agents.