MMG Postdoc Receives International Recognition
Dr. Kei Adachi honored wtih multiple awards including Journal of Gene Medicine Young Investigator Award 2012
Kei Adachi, Ph. D., Post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics, received the Journal of Gene Medicine Young Investigator Award 2012 with a $1,000 cash prize at the Japanese Society of Gene Therapy (JSGT) Annual Meeting held in Kumamoto, Japan, in June 2012. This award was presented to Dr. Adachi for his work, "A novel high-throughput approach to analyze adeno-associated virus (AAV) capsid functions using barcoded virus libraries and a deep sequencing technology". Dr. Adachi was also one of the winners of the AnGes Grant with a 100,000-yen cash prize nominated by JSGT. Furthermore, Dr. Adachi was awarded with $500 Travel Grant at the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy Annual Meeting held in May 2012 for his work in the same scope.
Journal of Gene Medicine Young Investigator Award is presented annually by Wiley-Blackwell to two investigators under the age of 35 whose presentations are recognized as the best at either of the annual meeting of Japanese Society of Gene Therapy (one award) and at the annual meeting of European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (one award).
AAV Barcode-Seq, established by Dr. Adachi's pioneering work, is a novel next generation sequencing-based approach to the understanding of viral capsid protein structure-function relationships in an unprecedentedly high-throughput manner. This new approach has made it possible to analyze multiple viral phenotypic changes caused by various viral capsid amino acid substitutions at a time, which is expected to significantly accelerate research on the development of new viruses that better work in gene therapy.
Dr. Adachi received his Ph.D. in medical science from Nagasaki University, Japan. He has been studying AAV in Dr. Hiroyuki Nakai's laboratory as a Post-doctoral fellow since 2010.