Ken is currently a Principal Investigator at Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Japan. He directs research groups focused on cardiovascular regenerative medicine, ischemia-reperfusion injury in which he holds a patent, and space medicine/biology. His interests also extend to physics simulation including finite element analysis and molecular dynamics. At the Wyss, Ken is collaborating with Professor Donald Ingber aiming to establish ischemia-reperfusion injury model using the organ-on-a-chip technology.
Ken received his Ph.D. in Medicine from Nagoya University. He is a member of the Cellular Biology of the Heart Working Group in European Society of Cardiology, and a councilor of the Physiological Society of Japan. He serves on the Editorial Boards of AIMS Biophysics journal. He received the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education from Okayama Medical Association for his continuous efforts for internationalization of Okayama University. Ken is also running a joint research about space medicine with PD AeroSpace, LTD. He is a finisher of an Ironman Triathlon race.