Keiji Numata

Team Leader (PI), Biomacromolecules Research Team

RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science



  • B.S., Polymer Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology (2003)
  • M.S., Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology (2005)
  • Ph.D., Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology (2007)


2006-2007 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow (DC), Tokyo Institute of Technology & Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
2007-2008 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow (PD), Tokyo Institute of Technology
2008-2010 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad, Tufts University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, USA
2010-2012 Senior Scientist, Enzyme Research Team, RIKEN
2011-2013 Visiting Associate Professor, Shibaura Institute of Technology
2011-present Visiting Professor, Universiti Sains Malaysia
2012-2018 Team Leader, Enzyme Research Team, RIKEN
2014-2015 Part-time lecturer, Saitama University
2014-present Visiting Fellow, Spiber Inc.
2014-2019 Project Leader, Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program (ImPACT), Super High-Function Structural Proteins to Transform the Basic Materials Industry
2015-2018 Co-supervisor for PhD program, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
2016-2019 Team Leader, ImPACT Planned Serendipity
2016-present Visiting Associate Professor, Gunma University
2016-present Research Director, JST-ERATO Numata Organellar Reaction Cluster Project
2018-present Team Leader, Biomacromolecules Research Team, RIKEN
2019-present Member, The Engineering Academy of Japan.
2020-present Professor, Lab for Biomaterial Chemistry, Chair in Polymer Material Chemistry, Department of Material Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 ACS Macro Letters/Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award, American Chemical Society (2020)
  • SPSJ Asahi Kasei Award 2019, The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ) (2019)
  • Award for Encouragement of Research, Japanese Society for Plant Cell and Molecular Biology, Japan (2019)
  • The BEPS Outstanding Young Scientist Award, BEPS 25th Anniversary Meeting, Bio-Environmental Polymer Society (BEPS), USA (2018)
  • The Young Scientists’ Prize, The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (2018)
  • ChemComm Emerging Investigators, Royal Society of Chemistry (2017)
  • The most highly prolific authors for Biomacromolecules, American Chemical Society (2016)
  • Delegate as Future Leaders for 13th Annual Meeting of Science and Technology in Society forum (STS forum) (2016)
  • Young Scientist Presentation Award, The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ), Biopolymer Division (2015)
  • Young Scientist Lectureship Award, The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ), Kansai Regional Chapter (2015)
  • SPSJ Award for the Outstanding Paper in Polymer Journal 2013 sponsored by ZEON; The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (2014)
  • Award for Encouragement of Research in Polymer Science; The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (2014)
  • RIKEN Research Incentive Award (2012)
  • Delegate for 59th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau dedicated to Chemistry (2009)

International Journal Activities

  • Editorial Board of Scientific Reports (February 2017-present), Springer-Nature Publishing Group
  • Associate Editor of Polymer Journal (May 2018-February 2020), Springer-Nature Publishing Group
  • Editorial Advisory Board of Biomacromolecules (January 2019-present), American Chemical Society.
  • Associate Editor of ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering (April 2020-present), American Chemical Society.