Mikio Kataoka, Executive Director/Vice President

Mikio Kataoka


NAIST continuously produces cutting-edge research results, our faculty and researchers are an essential part of the international scientific community, and our graduates are in high demand in various sectors of both industry and academia. I believe these are ideal circumstances for NAIST. I hope to contribute to NAIST's standing as a small but world-renowned research and graduate education institute that forges the forefront of science and technology.

Academic Degree

Doctor of Engineering, Osaka University

Professional Background

1981-1992 :
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Tohoku University
1988-1989 :
Associate Research Scientist, Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University
1992-1993 :
Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Osaka University
1993-1998 :
Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Space Science, Osaka University
1997-1998 :
Guest Associate Professor, Institute of Material Structure Science, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (Joint)
1998-present :
Professor, Graduate School of Materials Science, NAIST
1998-2002 :
Guest Professor, Institute of Material Structure Science, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (Joint)
2002-2007 :
Dean, Graduate School of Materials Science, NAIST
2004-present :
Guest Group Leader, Japan Atomic Energy Agency
2011-2013 :
Vice President, NAIST
2013-present :
Executive Director/Vice President, NAIST

Research Fields

Biophysics, Structural Biology, Photobiology, Neutron Science, Photon Science

Academic and Social Activities

International Advisory Board Member, International Conference on Biophysics and Synchrotron Radiation
Advisor, Super Science High School Program, Nishiyamato Gakuen
Secretary General and Treasurer, Asia Biophysics Association
Executive Committee Member, Asia Biophysics Association
Member, Special Committee for the Future Projects of Large Common Facilities, The Japanese Society of Neutron Science
President, The Biophysical Society of Japan
Program Officer, Research Center for Science Systems, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Chair of Region 12, The Physical Society of Japan
Academic Advisor, School of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Member of the Administrative Committee, Institute of Materials Structure Science, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization
Council, The Physical Society of Japan Young Researcher Award Committee Member: The Biophysical Society of Japan, The Physical Society of Japan, Protein Science Society of Japan


2010 :
Award for the Paper of JPSJ editor's choice
2011 :
Award for the Japanese Society for Neutron Science