Ph.D., Tokyo Institute of Technology, 1995.

M.S., Tokyo Institute of Technology, 1992

B.S., Tokyo Institute of Technology, 1990


Professional Career

1995 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Irvine.

1995-1999 Research Associate, Institute for Molecular Science.

1999-2002 Research Associate, The University of Tokyo.

2002-2007 Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo.

2002-2006 Scientific Researcher, PRESTO, JST.

2007-         Professor, Nagoya University.



1995 JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists.

2002 The Chemical Society of Japan Division of Biofunctional Chemistry Lecture Award.

2002 JST, PRESTO Research Fellowship.

2003 Award for Young Scientist, Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry

2006 Young Scientist Award of Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology


Research Interests

·Bio-inspired  supramolecular chemistry: Synthesis and functionalization of artificial DNAs and metallo-peptides toward nano-materials and physiological control.

·Self-assembled molecular architecture involving organic, inorganic and biomolecular components.

·Interactive Control between nanoscale (molelcular) properties and meso- or macroscopic phenomena of materials.


Selected Papers

1 “Programmable Self-Asembly of Metal Ions inside Artificial DNA Duplexes”

    K. Tanaka, G. H. Clever, Y. Takezawa, Y. Yamada, C. Kaul, M. Shionoya and T. Carell

    Nature Nanotech., 1, 190-194 (2006).

2 “Bio-Inspired Programmable Self-Assembly on DNA Templates”

    K. Tanaka and M. Shionoya

    Chem. Lett. (Highlight Review), 35, 694-699 (2006).

3 “A Discrete Self-Assembled Metal Array in Artificial DNA”

    K. Tanaka, A. Tengeiji, T. Kato, N. Toyama & M. Shionoya,

    Science, 299, 1212-1213 (2003).

4 “Efficient Incorporation of a Copper Hydroxypyridone Base Pair in DNA”,

    K. Tanaka, A. Tengeiji, T. Kato, N. Toyama, M. Shiro, and M. Shionoy,

    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 124, 12494-12498 (2002).

5 “Formation of Silver(I)-Mediated DNA Duplex and Triplex through an Alternative Base Pair of Pyridine Nucleobases”,

    K. Tanaka, Y. Yamada, and M. Shionoya,

    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 124, 8802-8803 (2002).

6 “Synthesis of a Novel Nucleoside for Alternative DNA Base Pairing through Metal Complexation”,

    K. Tanaka and M. Shionoya,

    J. Org. Chem., 64, 5002-5003 (1999).

7 “A DNA-Lipid Complex in Organic Media and Formation of an Aligned Cast Film”

    K. Tanaka and Y. Okahata

    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 118, 10679-10683 (1996).


Kenaro Tanaka

E-mail: kentaro[at]