Dr Masanobu Nanno

Yakult Central Institute, Japan

Dr. Masanobu Nanno studied Biochemistry at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics of the University of Tokyo and obtained his B.S. degree in 1979. He continued his education as a research student at the Tottori University School of Medicine (1981), at the Tohoku University Graduate School of Dentistry (1985-1987) and subsequently as a research assistant at the Immunology Department of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (USA, 1987- 1989). At the time he returned to the Tohoku University he was hired as a research fellow in Medicine (1989-1991) and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Medicine (1991).

He joined the Yakult Central Institute (for Microbiological Research) working as a researcher in Clinical Microbiology (1979-1982) and Immunology (1982-2011). He continued his career as Associate Director (2011-2012), Executive Officer (2012-2016), and since June 2016 Managing Executive Officer at Yakult Honsha. Besides his research activities, he had been a part-time lecturer at the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine (1992-2005) and he is a visiting professor at the Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences since 1998 to present.

His main research fields are: physiological functions of gut immune system and immunomodulation by probiotics.