Yu Takano was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1974. He earned his B.S. and Ph.D. (Dr. of Sci.) degree from Osaka University in 1997 and 2002, respectively. He joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA as a postdoc fellow supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2002-2005) and moved to Institute for Protein Research at Osaka University as a postdoc fellow in 2005. Since June 2005, he has been Assistant Professor in Institute for Protein Research at Osaka University.