Tetsufumi Ueda, PhD

Tetsufumi Ueda, PhD

Title: Professor Emeritus, Neurochemist
Company: University of Michigan
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Tetsufumi Ueda, PhD, Professor Emeritus and Neurochemist at the University of Michigan, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in neurochemistry and pharmacology.

A renowned neuroscientist and educator, Dr. Ueda is best known for his groundbreaking work identifying glutamate as the primary central nervous system neurotransmitter, among other achievements. Upon receiving a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Kyoto University in his native Japan in 1966, Dr. Ueda desired to explore the connections between medicine and chemistry in the United States. Subsequently, he began a teaching fellowship and doctoral study at the University of Michigan, earning a Doctor of Philosophy in biological chemistry in 1971. Dr. Ueda then joined Yale University, where he was a postdoctoral associate and research associate within the department of pharmacology between 1971 and 1978.

Dr. Ueda joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1978, having devoted an illustrious 38 years to the institution. He began his tenure as an assistant professor of pharmacology and psychiatry, as well as an assistant research scientist in the school’s Mental Health Research Institute, where he became an associate in 1981. By 1989, he advanced to the role of a full professor within the department of pharmacology, a senior research scientist at the Mental Health Research Institute and a research professor for the Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute at the university. In addition to these roles, Dr. Ueda held numerous faculty and research leadership roles, including terms on the faculty search and incoming student committees for the departments of psychiatry, pharmacology and neuroscience. He transitioned out of teaching and into a research professor position in 2003 and was granted professor emeritus status in 2016.

Having made several discoveries in his field, Dr. Ueda’s research have been documented by authoring and co-authoring numerous peer-reviewed articles in various publications. These include the Journal of Neurochemistry, the Journal of Pharmacology and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Likewise, he is a former grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Advanced Study Institute, NATO and the Medical Research Council in England. Presently, Dr. Ueda holds membership with the American Chemical Society, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Society for Neuroscience, International Society for Neurochemistry and American Society for Neurochemistry. To attest to his legacy, the neurochemist is also listed in the 65th through 69th editions of Who’s Who in America and the fifth edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

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