Setsuhisa Tanabe received his PhD at Department of Industrial Chemistry in 1993. After working as an assistant professor, he was promoted to an associate professor in 2001 and to a full Professor in 2008 all in Kyoto University. He is the author of 180 original papers, 25 book chapters, and 37 review papers on rare-earth doped luminescent materials for upconversion, fiber amplifier for optical telecommunication and LED phosphors.
He has served as a plenary or invited speaker at more than 50 international conferences. He was the chair of Technical Committee of Optoelectronic Glasses (TC20) of International Commission on Glass (ICG) during 2003- 2011 and now a member of Steering Committee since 2013. He was a visiting scientist at Rutgers University, NJ during 1996-1997 and was an invited professor at University of Rennes in 2010. He is now an Associate Editor of Journal of Luminescence. His H-index is 34