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Specially Designated Professors

Kei Ohkubo (Professor)

Dr. Kei Ohkubo, Chemistry Doctor (Ph.D. Engineering), now is a Professor of Chemistry of Division Innovation Research for Drug Design, Institute of Academic Initiatives, Osaka University, Japan. Kei Ohkubo earned his Ph.D. degree from Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University in 2001. He was working as a JSPS fellow and JST research fellow at Osaka University (2001-2005), a designated associate professor in Osaka University (2005-2014) and a specially appointed professor at Osaka University (2014-2017). He has been a full professor at Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies, Osaka University since 2017.

Main Research Projects

Development of cancer treatment drug, anti-inflammatory drug, nano-medicine; Approach to medicinal chemistry based on molecular chemistry

Shinichiro Nakada (Professor)

-2005 Ph.D. Graduate Medical School, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
2006- Post-doctoral Fellow, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, ON, Canada
2009- Assistant Professor, Medical School, Keio University
2012- Associate Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University
2017- Professor, Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies, Osaka University

Main Research Projects

DNA damage response, DNA repair, Genomic instability, Gene editing

Keiichiro Suzuki (Professor)

He began to learn DNA double strand repair and genome-editing machineries in filamentous fungi when he was an undergraduate and a graduate student at Saitama University in Japan. He was a research associate of the Belmonte lab at Salk Institute for biological studies in USA from 2010 to 2017. He is a Professor of Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies at Osaka University in Japan from 2017.

Main Research Projects

Development of novel genome-editing technologies for basic biology and therapeutic applications

Takufumi Yanagisawa (Professor)

Takufumi Yanagisawa is a Professor in Institute of Advanced Co-Creation studies and a neurosurgeon (MD-Ph.D) in Department of Neurosurgery at Osaka University. Prior to joining the institute, he was a Lecturer in the Endowed Research Division of Clinical Neuroengineering at Osaka University from 2016-2018. He received a PhD in Neurosurgery from Osaka University in 2009, and was a postdoctoral researcher at Osaka University from 2009–2012. Then, he was an Assistant Professor in Division of Functional Diagnostic Science Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University from 2012-2016. He received a Young Scientists’ Prize from MEXT Japan in 2013. Yanagisawa’s research is on clinical neurophysiology and clinical application of Brain-Machine Interface and neurofeedback, which include the analysis of intracranial signals implanted in human patients. He is particularly interested in decoding and control of cortical information using a big data of brain signals and human behavior.

Main Research Projects

Development of novel diagnostic and treatment method for neurological diseases using brain big data and artificial intelligence

Yoshinori Takashima (Professor)

Yoshinori Takashima was graduate from Faculty of Textile Science, Kyoto Institute of Technology in 1998. received his Ph.D. degree in 2003 from Osaka University, under the guidance of Prof. Akira Harada (Osaka Univ.), focusing on the polymerization catalyst using group 4 transition metal catalyst. He was selected as a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 1999–2002. During the winter of 2003, as a visiting fellow, he worked at Prof. Jeffrey M. Stryker’s lab, Department of Chemistry, the Univ. of Alberta. Prior to joining the Graduate School of Science at Osaka Univ. in 2004 as an assistant professor for Professor Akira Harada, he served as a postdoctoral research fellow from JSPS in the Division of Applied Chemistry, Osaka Univ. for Professor Toshikazu Hirao. In 2011, he worked at Prof. Philip A. Gale’s lab, Department of Chemistry, the Univ. of Southampton as a visiting researcher. In 2016, he joined the Graduate School of Science at Osaka Univ. as a lecturer. In 2018, he visited to Prof. Nicolas Guiseppone of the Univ. of Strasbourg as a visiting professor. At the same year, he joined Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies and the Graduate School of Science at Osaka Univ. as a professor.

Main Research Projects

Supramolecular materials, Biomaterials, Polymeric materials designs.

Toru Okamoto (Professor)

Dr. Okamoto received his Ph.D. from Osaka University in 2006. Thereafter he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at RIMD in 2006, a researcher at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in 2008. He was appointed as a current position from 2019 after working as an assistant professor (2012) and an associate professor (2017) at Research Institute for Microbial Diseases. He has been a professor at Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies, Osaka University since 2019.

Main Research Projects

Molecular virology of Hepatitis C virus, Hepatitis B virus and insect-borne flavivirus

Yasushi Makihara (Professor)

Yasushi Makihara received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering from Osaka University in 2001, 2002, and 2005, respectively. He was appointed as a specially appointed assistant professor (full-time), an assistant professor, and an associate professor at The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, in 2005, 2006, and 2014, respectively. He is currently a professor of the Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies, Osaka University. He has obtained several honors and awards, including The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Prizes for Science and Technology, Research Category.

Main Research Projects

Computer vision, pattern recognition, video-based gait analysis and its applications to forensics, health and medical field.

Kaori Matoba (Professor)

Kaori Matoba received her Ph. D. degree from Graduate School of Law and Politics, Osaka University in 2004. She was a research associate at Graduate School of Law and Politics, Osaka University(2004-2006), a lecturer/associate professor at Department of Contemporary Liberal Arts, Nagoya College(2006-2013), an associate professor at Faculty of Law, Momoyama Gakuin University(2013-2017) and an associate professor/professor at Faculty of Law, Kindai University(2017-2021). She is a professor at Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies, Osaka University from 2021.

Main Research Projects

Historical and comparative study on diversity & Inclusion of human rights, especially suffrage and freedom of expression

Masako Kageyama (Professor)

Masako Kageyama graduated from the Department of Nursing, College of Medical Technology, Osaka University in 1992 and began working at Toranomon hospital as a nurse. She received her Ph. D. degree from Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo in 2002. She was working at Saitama City as a public health nurse. Subsequently, she became Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, and Associate Professor in the Division of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University. She was promoted to Professor at the Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies at Osaka University in 2021.

Main Research Projects

Family support and parenting for persons with mental illness, public health nursing activities.

Yasuko Osakada (Associate professor, The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (SANKEN))

Dr. Yasuko Osakada completed her doctoral work at Osaka University in 2009, where she studied nucleic acid photochemistry. After her experience as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford university and as a program-specific research center assistant professor at Kyoto University, she was appointed as an assistant professor at The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (SANKEN) in 2014 and as an associate professor at Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies and SANKEN, Osaka University in 2017.

Main Research Projects

Development of intelligent photo-functional molecules and materials toward bioscience

Shuhei Nakamura (Associate professor)

03/2008: Doctoral degree, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University, Japan
04/2008 -10/2011: NIBB postdoctoral research fellow, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics for Reproduction, National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan
11/2011 -03/2016: Postdoctoral fellow, Molecular Genetics of Ageing, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany(JSPS Postdoctoral fellowship for Research Abroad, Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship)
04/2016 -03/2018: Assistant Professor, Department of Intracellular Membrane Dynamics, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University, Japan
04/2018-present: Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies, Osaka University, Japan

Main Research Projects

Molecular mechanism determining animal lifespan. Interplay between autophagy and aging.

Hisako Kayama (Associate professor)

03/2009: Ph. D. Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, Japan 04/2009-12/2009: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, Japan 12/2009-03/2019: Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, Japan 04/2019-present: Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies, Osaka University, Japan

Main Research Projects

Immune system regulation in the intestine, non-hematopoietic cells-mediated maintenance of gut homeostasis

Seiji Yamasaki (Associate professor)

2015 Ph.D. Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University 2015- Assistant Professor, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University 2019- Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies, Osaka University

Main Research Projects

Multidrug resistant bacteria, Antibiotics, Gut microbiome

Mihoko Maruyama (Associate professor)

03/2009: Ph.D. Graduate school of science, Tohoku University. Subject of doctor thesis was “The effect of chiral molecules on the calcite growth from solution”.
04/2009-06/2011: Project Researcher, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University.
07/2011-09/2016: Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University.
09/2016-Present: Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Kyoto Prefectural University (Part-time, concurrently).
11/2017-03/2018: Project Researcher, Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University.
04/2018-03/2020: Restart Postdoctoral Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
04/2020-Present: Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies, Osaka University.

Main Research Projects

Elucidation of the formation mechanism of kidney stones, Development of polymorphic control technology for pharmaceutical compounds.

Natsumi Iwata (Associate Professor)

Natsumi Iwata received the BS degree from Nagoya University in 2009, and the MS and the PhD degrees from Kyoto University in 2011 and 2014, respectively. She was a JSPS Research Fellow DC2 at Kyoto University from 2012 to 2014, and a JSPS Research Fellow PD at Institute of Laser Engineering (ILE), Osaka University from 2014 to 2017. She was appointed as an specially appointed researcher in 2017, an associate professor in 2018, and a specially appointed associate professor in 2019 at ILE, Osaka University. She is currently an associate professor at Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies, Osaka University. Her research interests include plasma physics, high energy density science, and high intensity laser-matter interactions. She received a Young Scientists’ Prize from MEXT Japan in 2020.

Main Research Projects

High energy density plasma physics, Study of structure formation of dense hot plasma using high power lasers

Kazuma Higashisaka (Associate Professor)

03/2016: Ph.D., Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University
10/2012-9/2017: Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University
10/2017-03/2021: Specially Appointed Lecture, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University
04/2021-: Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies, Osaka University.

Main Research Projects

Elucidation and control of the effects of fine particles on next-generation human health

Yuki Arase (Associate Professor)

Yuki Arase is currently an associate professor at the Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies, Osaka University. During 2014-2020, she was an associate professor at the graduate school of information science and technology, Osaka University. During 2010-2014, Yuki worked at the natural language computing group of Microsoft Research Asia as an associate researcher, where she started research on natural language processing. Yuki Arase is now serving as a director for the association for natural language processing, Japan, since 2020.

Main Research Projects

Paraphrase recognition and generation, Educational applications for language learners, Conversation systems

Chuan Xiao (Associate Professor)

Dr. Chuan Xiao is an associate professor with the Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies, Osaka University, Japan. Dr. Xiao earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2011. He was a postdoctoral research associate with the Information Technology Center, Nagoya University (2011 – 2014), a designated assistant professor with the Institute for Advanced Research, Nagoya University (2014 – 2019), and a specially appointed associate professor with the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University (2019 – 2021).

Main Research Projects

Data Integration, Query Processing, Graph Databases, Spatio-Temporal Databases, Database + Machine Learning

Tomoyo Goto (Associate Professor)

Tomoyo Goto received her BS from Kindai University in 2006, and her MS from NAIST in 2008, Japan. She studied the crystalline materials science and received her PhD from Nagoya University in 2012, Japan. From 2012 to 2014, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Kyushu University in Japan. She worked as an AIST postdoctoral research scientist at AIST, in Japan from 2014 to 2015. She joined as an assistant professor at The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (ISIR-SANKEN), Osaka University in 2015. She is currently an associate professor at Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies, Osaka University in Japan.

Main Research Projects

Development of morphological control techniques for functional ceramics by solution-based process and their application to environmental purification and biomaterials.

Takayuki Umakoshi (Associate Professor (Lecturer))

03/2016: Ph.D. degree in the Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
04/2016-12/2016: Postdoctoral Fellow in Bio-AFM Frontier Research Center, Kanazawa University
01/2017-01/2021: Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Physics, Osaka University
02/2021-: Lecturer, Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies, Osaka University.

Main Research Projects

Development of novel optical techniques based on plasmonics
Development of super-resolution imaging technique based on near-field optics