Jusaku Minari, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Uehiro Research Division for iPS Cell Ethics, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), at Kyoto University in Japan. After receiving his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Kitakyushu in 2010, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the field of ‘genomics and society’ at the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, and subsequently a Deputy Director at Department of Research Infrastructure (genome medicine), Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED). His experiences abroad include studying biochemistry at University of Bath in 2007, and biomedical ethics at University of Oxford (HeLEX) in 2014. He also has experience as a program officer of a genome science program and a genome ELSI program at a governmental funding agency, AMED. Jusaku also has experience as a program advisor of a future society & AI program at a governmental funding agency, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and a committee member of the governmental ethical guidelines (human genome research and comprehensive medical research) set by three ministries. His recent research focuses on ethical, legal and policy issues in emerging biomedical research, particularly associated with the learning healthcare system using genome information, pluripotent stem cell therapies, gene drives, and public engagement.
Article of interest published 21/10/2020 : COVID-19 and the boundaries of open science and innovation