Dr. Wakatsuki and Dr. Mahajan have been collaborating since 2017. Dr. Wakatsuki is a Professor of Photon Science at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Professor of Structural Biology at Stanford’s School of Medicine. He received his B.S and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from University of Tokyo, and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1991. After postdoctoral studies on time-resolved x-ray crystallography of enzyme reactions in Oxford (1990 to 1994), he moved to Grenoble, France in 1994 to work at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) where he led the Joint Structural Biology Group. After positions in Japan, Soichi returned to Stanford in 2013. Wakatsuki and Mahajan co-mentor students and postdoctoral fellows working on the integrative and functional structural biology of eye disease proteins.