Professor Iwao Ojima, President and CEO of FUTI, Elected to the European Academy of Sciences

Dr. Iwao Ojima, President and CEO of Friends of UTokyo and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University, has been elected to the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc) as a Fellow. He will be honored at the induction ceremony of new members at EurASc’s Annual Symposium and Ceremony of Awards event this April at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, which will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Announcement issued by Stony Brook University reports:

Throughout his research career, Dr. Ojima has had numerous ties to the European scientific community. He was first recognized by European chemistry communities in organometallic chemistry, catalysis and fluorine chemistry, prior to joining the faculty at Stony Brook. He has held two sabbaticals at universities in Lyon and Paris, and his inventions on natural product-based anticancer agents were licensed to both French and Italian pharmaceutical companies. Over the years, Dr. Ojima has had a good number of French, Italian, and other European postdoctoral researchers and graduate students in his laboratory. In addition, he served on the External Advisory Board of a highly innovative and successful multidisciplinary Center of Excellence, “Cell in Motion,” at the University of Münster and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Münster, Germany. 

Dr. Ojima says “I feel deeply honored to have been elected to the European Academy of Sciences as an American scientist, as well as a graduate of the University of Tokyo, given EurASc puts a 20 percent cap for its members from outside of Europe. Accordingly, I am thrilled to have been added to the exclusive roster of scientists in this prestigious academy.”

We at Friends of UTokyo heartily congratulate Dr. Ojima for this prestigious international recognition. As FUTI is devoted to supporting future global leaders, he serves as a role model for Japan’s young people who aspire to become a “global scholar.” Please visit Stony Brook University News for a detailed description of Dr. Ojima’s awards and honors.