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Hideki Kambara

Dr. Hideki Kambara
Hitachi Honorary Fellow

Hitachi Central Research Laboratory
1-280 Higashi-Koigakubo,
Kokubunji-shi, Tokyo 185-8601, JAPAN

Tel: +81-(0)42-323-1111
Fax: +81-(0)42-327-7695

Date & Place of Birth:    January 1945 (Kagawa, Japan)

Employment & Professional Activities:

2015.04 - present Honorary Fellow, Hitachi, Ltd.
2011.04 - present Guest Research Professor, Waseda University
2010.05 - 2015.03 Visiting Professor, Medical School of Nanjing University
2005.07 - 2015.03 Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Science, University of Tokyo
2003.06 - 2015.03 Fellow, Hitachi Ltd.
2000.04 - 2015.03 Visiting Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
2000.02 - 2003.06 Senior Chief Scientist - Corporate Technology, Hitachi Ltd.
1994.08 - 2000.02 Senior Chief Researcher, Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi Ltd.
1990.02 - 1994.08 Chief Researcher, Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd.
1989.08 - 1990.02 Chief Researcher, Advanced Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd.
1985.04 - 1989.08 Senior Researcher, Advanced Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd.
1981.08 - 1985.04 Senior Researcher, Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd.
1977.10 - 1979.01 Visiting Researcher at Univ. of California, Berkeley,Space Sciences Lab.
1972.04.01 Joined Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi Ltd.

Professional Affiliations & Activities:

The Molecular Biology Society of Japan, The Chemical Society of Japan


1972.03 D.Sc., University of Tokyo, Faculty of Science, Chemistry
1969.03 M.Sc., University of Tokyo, Faculty of Science, Chemistry
1967.03 B.Sc., University of Tokyo, Dept. of Pure and Applied Science

Awards & Recognitions:

2009.03 (alone) 61st (FY2008) CSJ Award for the "development of capillary array DNA sequencer for genome analysis"
(The Chemical Society of Japan)
2004.01 (alone) The Asahi Prize for "development of a high performance DNA sequencer"
2003.05 (alone) National Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon
2002.07 (alone) Selected as one of BusinessWeek's "Star of Asia"
2002.03 (joint) 48th Okochi Memorial Grand Technology Prize for "development of the capillary array DNA sequencer"
2001.04 (alone) Commendation by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology to Persons of Scientific & Technological Research Merits, for "research on fluorescence detection method DNA base sequencing device"
1994.09 (joint) R&D Magazine, R&D100 Award for "development of LC/MS system"
1989.04 (joint) Commendation by the Minister of State for Science & Technology for Noteworthy Inventions, for "side entry laser irradiation method for DNA sequencer"
1983.09 (joint) Industrial Research & Development IR100 Award for "development of molecular SIMS"
1982.05 (alone) Japan Mass Spectrometry Society Award for "new ionization technology"

Patents & Papers:

Dr. Kambara has published over 80 papers on mass spectrometry and DNA analysis, and holds more than 100 patents in Japan and U.S.A.

Research Interests:

  • Atmospheric pressure ionization mass spectrometry: Mass spectrometry using ionization at atmospheric pressure to efficiently produce molecular ions. (Holds the patent for this method.)
  • Field desorption ionization and collision induced decomposition mass spectrometer for biological molecules.
  • Molecular secondary ion mass spectrometry: molecular ion production and mass spectrometry by ion bombardment ionization for non-volatile biocompounds. (1983 IR100)
  • Combined system of liquid chromatograph and mass spectrometer. (1994 R&D 100)
  • Fluorescent DNA sequencer
  • Capillary array DNA sequencer. (Holds many patents on DNA detection systems)
  • DNA expression profile analysis.
  • Instruments for DNA diagnostics.