Akira Takai, physiologist, educator. Certified medical practitioner Ministry Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan, 1980; Achievements include discovery of highly specific inhibitory effect of a marine sponge toxin, okadaic acid on protein phosphatases. Recipient Rosa Lowie award, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium, 1988.
- Research associate Nagoya University, 1979—1986, lecturer, 1986—1988, associate professor, 1988—2001. Professor Asahikawa Medical College, Japan, 2001—2008. Alexander von humboldt research fellow University Heidelberg, Germany, 1986—1988.