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Ken Yamada

Assistant Professor, RTI, UMass Chan Medical School

Dr. Ken Yamada is currently an Assistant Professor in RNA Therapeutics Institute at UMass Chan Medical School (2021-current) and is investigating transformative novel chemistry platforms for opening difficult extra-hepatic tissues to oligonucleotide-therapeutics intervention. He earned his BS, MS, and PhD (2011) at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. His exploration with Nucleic Acid Chemistry started when he was a PhD student in Prof. Mitsuo Sekine’s lab, where he cultivated his discipline as a nucleic acid and oligonucleotide chemist. After his career path led to a postdoctoral position in Prof. Masad Damha’s lab at McGill University (2012-2014) and an Assistant Professor position in Prof. Fumi Nagatsugi’s lab at Tohoku University (2014-2017), he joined Prof. Anastasia Khvorova’s lab to explore his potential as a chemist to contribute to the siRNA therapeutics field. In a dynamic collaborative scientific culture in RTI, he established several innovative chemistry platforms that surpass current state-of-art siRNA technology. His inventions generated multiple patents, part of those licensed out to top-leading biotech company.