Professor Koide obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Tokyo, Japan, where he developed new glycosylation methods in the Ohno group. He then moved to the United States and received a PhD in chemistry at the University of California, San Diego, under the guidance of Professor K. C. Nicolaou. As a Merck Fellow of Cancer Research Fund of the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Foundation, he conducted post-doctoral research with Professor Gregory L. Verdine in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. He then began his independent academic career in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. His current research interests include development of new synthetic methods, total synthesis of biologically important natural products, chemical biology and medicinal chemistry of natural products, and development and applications of fluorescent chemosensors and chemodosimeters.