Jiro Itatani earned his B.S. in physics (1992) and Ph.D. in applied physics (1998) from the University of Tokyo. He was Postdoctoral Researcher at the Laser Technology Laboratory at RIKEN from 1998 to 2000, and at the National Research Council Canada from 2000 to 2003. He joined the Institute for Solid State Physics (ISSP) at the University of Tokyo in 2008 where he is currently Associate Professor.