After graduating from Keio University’s School of Science and Technology, Dr. Masaru Tomita studied abroad at Carnegie Mellon University to receive his Master’s and Ph.D. in Computer Science. At CMU, starting in 1985, he achieved a series of academic promotions from assistant professor to associate professor of computer science and from 1986 he became an associate director of the Center for Machine Translation.
In 1990, he returned to Keio University, and served as associate professor and later as professor. From 2005 to 2007 he served as the dean of Faculty of Environment and Information Studies. He currently serves as director and professor of the Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Keio University.
Dr. Tomita is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation of the USA (1988), the IBM Japan Science Prize (2002), the Minister of Science and Technology Policy Award (2004), the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2007), a recognition of Distinguished Service from the International Society of Metabolomics (2009), the Fukuzawa Award (2009), a Special Award from the Award for Academic Startups (2014), Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher (2015), and Audi Innovation Award (2016).
He is the co-founder of Keio University’s Human Metabolome Technologies, Inc., which was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers in 2013. He serves as the technological advisor for Spiber, Inc., a company that focuses on new-generation biomaterial development, and Saliva Tech Co.,LTD, a company develops saliva-based tests for the detection of various diseases.
He serves as a commentator for television programs such as Science Eye (NHK), Bankisha (Nippon TV), NEWS23 (TBS), Honmadekka!?TV (Fuji TV), TV Tackle (TV Asahi), Asahi Newstar (BS Asahi), and Nikkei Plus 10 (BS JAPAN).
Degrees achieved: M.D. in Molecular Biology, Keio University; Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Keio University; Ph.D. in Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University