Yasuo was born in USA-shi, Oita pref., Japan. Wanting to study pharmaceutical science and become a pharmacist, he moved to Shizuoka. During college, Yasuo noticed how interesting organic chemistry was. He continued to study organic chemistry at the University of Shizuoka (2001-2010). Yasuo obtained his Ph.D. under the guidance of Professor Toshiyuki Kan. After obtaining his Ph.D., he started to work as a medicinal chemist at ONO PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD. In 2016, Yasuo got a chance to study state-of-the-art organic chemistry at U.C. Berkeley, with Prof. Sarpong.
Email:yasuo.hirooka at berkeley dot edu