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Biochemist , educator

Masaaki Ashida, Japanese biochemist, educator. Achievements include discovery of the proteolytic cascade (that is activated by minute amounts of microbial cell wall components) for the activation of the zymogen of phenoloxidase in insects; patents for method of detecting minute amounts of peptidoglycan by using plasma fraction of the silkworm hemolymph. Recipient award, Japan Zoological Society, 1997.

Background

Ashida, Masaaki was born on November 2, 1940 in Tokyo. Son of Kohsaku and Taki-e Ashida.

Education

Bachelor, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji-shi, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1970.

Career

Post doctoral fellow Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, 1974—1976. Associate professor Tokyo University, 1974—1983. Visiting professor Uppsala University, 1981.

Associate professor Institute Low Temporary Science Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, 1983—1991, professor Institute Low Temporary Science, since 1991. Visiting scientist Institute Pasteur, Paris, 1988.

Achievements

  • Achievements include discovery of the proteolytic cascade (that is activated by minute amounts of microbial cell wall components) for the activation of the zymogen of phenoloxidase in insects. Patents for method of detecting minute amounts of peptidoglycan by using plasma fraction of the silkworm hemolymph.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Tennis, sailing, travel.

Connections

Married Fumiyo Uchiyama. Children: Hideki, Shigeki.

father:
Kohsaku Ashida

mother:
Taki-e Ashida

spouse:
Fumiyo Uchiyama

child:
Hideki Ashida

child:
Shigeki Ashida