Dr. Kawakami has been with LJI since 1990, joining originally as an Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Biochemistry. Dr. Kawakami then became an Associate Professor in 1996 and in 2000 he became a full Professor. He is also Team leader of the Laboratory for Allergic Disease at RIKEN Center for the Integrative Medical Sciences, Yokohama, Japan.
Dr. Kawakami received both M.D. and Ph.D degrees from the University of Tokyo. While working towards his Ph.D., Dr. Kawakami was hired as an Assistant Professor in the department of Physiological Chemistry and Nutrition at the University of Tokyo, but in 1984 he began to work as a visiting fellow at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1987, Dr. Kawakami spent a year in the Cell Development and Oncology lab at the National Institute of Dental Research, also in Bethesda, before returning to Kyoto in 1988 where he spent two years as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Chemistry, Kyoto University, Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Kawakami has been giving talks at a Major Symposium at an AAI meeting, America Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAA&I), FASEB and Aegean conferences as well as platform presentations at other national and international meetings. He is currently co-organizing a FASEB Conference “IgE and Allergy, 50 Years and Onward” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of IgE by Kimishige Ishizaka (Founding Director of La Jolla Institute for Immunology) in 2016.
He served as Associate Editor and Section Editor for the Journal of Immunology and he is currently a board member of several research journals. He is an elected member of Collegium Internationale Allergologicum. In addition to several NIH Study Sections and other NIH review panels, he has been serving as a reviewer of grants for Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s Biomedical Research Council (Singapore), Arthritis National Research Foundation, Asthma UK, British Lung Foundation, German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development, JAPAN Health Sciences Foundation, The Israel Science Foundation, The Wellcome Trust, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and de l’Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR). He also serves as a Consultant for The Japan Prize, The Science and Technology Foundation of Japan and as a reviewer of research programs at the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) for the National Research Foundation of Singapore.