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Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Susumu KAJIWARA, Vice President for Strategy Implementation

Susumu Kajiwara has been vice president for strategic initiatives at Tokyo Tech since April 2018.

After earning his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Tokyo Tech in 1988, 1990, and 1993 respectively, Kajiwara accepted a researcher position at the Central Laboratories for Key Technologies at Kirin Co., Ltd. Two years later, he returned to his alma mater as assistant professor in the School of Engineering.

Kajiwara moved to the School of Bioscience and Biotechnology in 1998, where he served first as lecturer, then as associate professor. He also took on associate professor duties at the Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology from 2004 onwards, and held concurrent deputy director positions at the Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office from 2003 to 2005. From 2006 to 2007, Kajiwara spent one year at the University of Otago's Division of Molecular Microbiology as visiting research fellow in dentistry.

In 2012, Kajiwara was appointed professor at the Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology. He also served as director of the Organization for Life Design and Engineering from 2015 to 2016, and as advisor to the president on two occasions — from 2005 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2015.

Before his current post, Kajiwara served as professor and associate dean at the new School of Life Science and Technology, established in 2016, where he was in charge of international affairs.

The vice president is a specialist in molecular microbiology and biochemistry, and holds membership at the International Society for Human & Animal Mycology (ISHAM).