ICOS-20, 20th International Conference on Organic Synthesis
Friday, 20 October 2017
Kiyosei Takasu


TakasuKiyosei Takasu

Kiyosei Takasu is Professor of Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University, Japan, since April 2011. He was born on December 12, 1970, in Kyoto, Japan. He received his BSc in 1993 and PhD in 1998 from Kyoto University under the supervision of Professor Kaoru Fuji. During his PhD course, he spent one year (1996-1997) in Professor Duy H. Hua’s group (Kansas State University) as a visiting researcher. In 1998, he was appointed an assistant Professor and Lecturer (in 2005) at Tohoku University, working with Professor Masataka Ihara (1998-2006) and Professor Hidetoshi Tokuyama (2006-2007). In 2007, he moved to Kyoto University as an associate Professor, where he worked with Prof. Yoshiji Takemoto. His research focuses on finding new synthetic methodologies to build complicated molecules from simple materials in domino sequences. He is also interested in natural product synthesis, organocatalysis, bioorganic chemistry and supramolecular chemistry.

Professional Experience

4/2011 – present: Professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University
5/2007 – 3/2011: Associate Professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University
4/2005 – 4/2007: Lecturer, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tohoku University
4/1999 – 3/2005: Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tohoku University
4/1998 – 3/1999: Assistant Professor, Tohoku University
4/1997 – 3/1998: JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences) Young Research Fellow
10/1996 – 10/1997: Visiting Researcher, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University


3/1998: PhD (Pharmaceutical Sciences), Kyoto University
3/1995: MSc (Pharmaceutical Sciences), Kyoto University
3/1993: BSc (Pharmaceutical Sciences), Kyoto University


2008 Thieme Journal Award 2008
2007 Lectureship Award in the 87th Annual Meeting of the Chemical Society of Japan
2007 The PSJ (the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan) Award for Young Scientists   
2006 The Intelligent-Cosmos Award for Young Scientists
2005 The Incentive Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan
2003 The Young Scientist’s Research Award in Natural Product Chemistry
2002 The Fujisawa Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan
2000 The Young Investigator Award in the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, Tohoku Branch

List of My Favorite Publications

Synthesis of Functionalized Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds via a Formal [2+2]-cycloaddition
Nagamoto, Y.; Yamaoka, Y.; Fujimura, S.; Takemoto, Y.; Takasu, K.
Org. Lett. 2014, ASAP.
Chiral Phosphoric Acid-Catalyzed Kinetic Resolution of Secondary Alcohols,
Harada, S.; Kuwano, S.; Yamaoka, Y.; Yamada, K.; Takasu, K.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 10227-10230.
pH-sensitive DNA cleaving agents: in situ activation by ring contraction of benzo-fused cyclobutanols
Nagamoto, Y.; Hattori, A.; Kakeya, H.; Takemoto, Y.; Takasu, K.
Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 2622-2624.
Acid-Catalyzed [2 + 2] Cycloaddition at Room-Temperature with Suppression of Side Reactions by Using a Flow Microreactor System
Kurahashi, K.; Takemoto, Y.; Takasu, K.
ChemSusChem 2012, 5, 270-273.
Catalyst-Controlled Torquoselectivity Switch in the 4π Ring-Opening Reaction of 2-Amino-2-azetines Giving β-Substituted α,β-Unsaturated Amidines
Shindoh, N.; Kitaura, K.; Takemoto, Y.; Takasu, K.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 8470-8473.
Stereocontrolled Synthesis of Spiro[n.2]alkenes by Ring Contraction of Fused-Cyclobutanols.
Takasu, K.; Nagamoto, Y.; Takemoto, Y.
Chem. Eur. J. 2010, 16, 8427-8432.
Selective Accumulation of Rhodacyanine in the Plasmodial Mitochondria is Related to the Growth Inhibition of Malaria Parasites.
Morisaki, D.; Kim, H.-S.; Inoue, H.; Terauchi, H.; Kuge, S.; Naganuma, A.; Tokuyama, H.; Ihara, M.; Takasu, K.
Chem. Sci. 2010, 1, 206-209.
Synthesis and Antimalarial Property of Orally Active Phenoxazinium Salts
Takasu, K Shimogama, T.; Satoh, C.; Kaiser, M.; Brun, R.; Ihara, M.
J. Med. Chem., 2007, 50, 2281-2284.
A Practical Catalytic Method for Preparing Highly Substituted Cyclobutanes and Cyclobutenes
Inanaga, K.; Takasu, K.; Ihara, M.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 3668-3669.
Rapid Assembly of Polycyclic Substances by a Multi-Component Cascade (4+2)-(2+2) Cycloadditions. The Total Synthesis of Proposed Structure of Paesslerin A
Inanaga, K.; Takasu, K.; Ihara, M.
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 1352–1353.