Principal Research ScientistInstitute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
Ichiro Hirao is a Team Leader and Principal Research Scientist at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), A*STAR, in Singapore. He received his PhD from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1983. In 1992, he became an Associate Professor at Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences. He joined the Japan Science and Technology Agency in 1997 as a Group Leader to begin work on unnatural base pairs. From 2006 to 2015, he led a synthetic biology team in RIKEN, Japan, which relocated to IBN in November 2015.
Synthetic DNA molecules could serve as an easy-to-manufacture alternative to traditional antibody-based rapid tests.