Reiko Kuroda obtained M.Sc and Ph.D. from the Graduate School of the University of Tokyo in chemistry. She worked in the Department of Chemistry and later of Biophysics, at King’s College London and obtained a permanent position at the Institute of Cancer Research (UK). She went back to Japan to take up a position as Associate Professor, and later became a full Professor in the Department of Life Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo, before moving on to her current position at the Tokyo University of Science.
She had and has many governmental and international appointments, including a member of CSTP, an advisory board to the Prime Minister on science and technology policy (2001-7), the Vice-President of the International Council for Science (ICSU) (2008-11), and the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO. She received an honorary professorship from the Sichuan University, Chengdu, China and an Honorary Doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. She is a member of the Science Council of Japan as well as a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Her current research focuses on chirality, covering a wide area including solid-state chemistry, crystallography, chiroptical spectroscopy, as well as molecular and developmental biology. She led the JST’s ERATO and SORST Kuroda Chiromorphology research projects as the Director for the last ten years. She obtained the Saruhashi Prize, Nissan Science Prize, Yamazaki-Teiichi Prize, and received the 2013 l’Oréal-UNESCO Award ‘For Women in Science’.