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Negishi to Receive Honorary Doctorate from University of Kuopio

April 2005

Masahiko Negishi

Masahiko Negishi, a scientist in the Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology in the Environmental Diseases and Medicine Program, will receive an honorary doctorate from the faculty of the pharmacy school at the University of Kuopio in Finland.

An honorary doctorate is the most prestigious acknowledgement that the academic community can bestow, said Helena Kantanen, secretary general of the ceremonies.

The ceremonial conferment will be June 10. The University of Kuopio holds degree ceremonies every fifth year.

Negishi, a visiting scientist and citizen of Japan, is the principal investigator in the pharmacogenetics section at NIEHS and is a member of the NIH Senior Biomedical Research Service. He received his doctorate in biochemistry from the Institute of Protein Research at Osaka University in Japan and carried out postdoctoral training in the Department of Cell Biology at New York University and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. His major research interests are in the structure-activity relationship of drug-metabolizing enzymes and the regulation mechanisms of drug-induced gene expression.

In the 1990s he trained two postdocs from the University of Kuopio, and has since collaborated on a number of research projects with them.

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