Masahiro Murakami in currently a chemistry professor at Kyoto University. He received an undergraduate education at the University of Tokyo, and a doctoral degree in science under the supervision of Professor Teruaki Mukaiyama in 1984. He worked for Prof. Mukaiyama as an assistant at the University of Tokyo (1984-1987) and for Prof. Yoshihiko Ito at Kyoto University (1987-1993). He spent ten months (1991-1992) at ETH at Zürich as a post-doctoral fellow with Prof. Albert Eschenmoser. After he returned to Kyoto, he was promoted to an associate professor in 1993 and a professor in 2002.