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Dr. David Lemin




Pre-fellowship host institute

Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Host institute

Chiba University, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Host researcher

Prof. Tsutomu ISHIKAWA

Fellowship period

2004/10/08 - 2006/10/07

Research field



Research title

Application of a New Aziridine Preparation Method to the Synthesis of Mitomycin C


The reason for choosing Japan to conduct research

When I finished my PhD in Belgium, I wanted to discover how people do research in other countries and I thought it would be a great opportunity to discover another culture as well. Since Japan has both high level research facilities and a culture that is very different from Europeanís one, I thought it would be the best place to do a Post-Doc.

Research achievements

By our research, we contributed in developing the guanidinium base aziridine formation chemistry based synthetic approaches to Mitomycin Cís skeleton. These results have been presented in international conferences in both Japan and Belgium.

Advice to new fellows

Japan is an amazing country but as it is quite different from other countries, you have better be prepared before coming. My advice would be to learn the language as much as you can, try to always keep an open mind and enjoy the differences.