Dr. Iwakuma received an M.D. at Kyushu University in Japan, majoring in Orthopedics. He received his Ph.D. at the Department of Biochemistry at the same University. He spent several years as a research fellow studying gene therapy, pharmacology, and molecular genetics in different laboratories. Following postdoctoral training at the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, he joined LSU, Department of Genetics/Cancer Center, as an assistant professor as of August 15, 2005. Then, he transitioned to KUMC on August, 2011.