Kotohiro Nomura finished his master studies in University of Tokyo, and then joined as a research scientist in Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd in 1988. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Osaka University and joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral fellow. He once returned Sumitomo and became an associate professor in Nara Institute of Science and Technology in 1998. Since 2010, he has been a full professor in Tokyo Metropolitan University. He has co-authored more than 300 publications, and his recent research focuses on design of molecular catalysts for efficient carbon-carbon bond formation and chemo-specific organic transformations.