Dr. Sato has more than 35 years of experience in laser engineering and applications and is the author of more than 300 scientific-technical publications in this field.
After completing his Ph.D. on “Subsonic-gas-flow, electrical-discharge-excited carbon monoxide laser,” Dr. Sato worked as a research scientist at the Institute of Research and Innovation, IRI (formerly Industrial Research Institute), where he was engaged in the development of high-power lasers and their industrial and nuclear engineering applications. In 1997, he moved to the National Defense Medical College Research Institute of the National Defense Medical College (NDMC) as an Associate Professor and started research and development for medical applications of lasers and optics. In April 2016, the Division of Bioinformation and Therapeutic Systems was newly established in the NDMC Research Institute, and since October 2016, Dr. Sato has been a Professor at the Division. His current interests cover a variety of topics in defense medicine applications of lasers and optics, including photoacoustic diagnosis of burn injuries, photomechanical drug and gene delivery, antimicrobial photodynamic therapy, photocatalyst-based decontamination, and development of blast injury animal models based on a laser-induced shock wave (LISW). He gave a seminar twice at the Uniformed Service University of Health Sciences in 2009 and 2011. Since 2015, technical information exchange has been going on between the NDMC and the U.S. Army for blast injury research. In June 2016 and April 2017, the Japan-US Forum on Blast Injury were held in Tokyo; Dr. Sato served as the meeting secretary and the program co-chair for the Forum. He is a member of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and the Optical Society of America (OSA).