We are developing new technologies by fusing different fields such as chemistry, pharmaceutics, medicine, and agriculture with photochemistry as the key. For example, we aim to develop chemical reactions that convert methane gas from dairy-derived biogas into liquid energy such as methanol and formic acid by photochemistry of chlorine dioxide, and developing new therapeutic drugs using catalysts that absorb specific light.
Kei Ohkubo, Chemistry Doctor (Ph.D. Engineering), now is a Professor at Division Innovation Research for Drug Design, Institute for Open and Transdisciplinary Research 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.
There are numerous diseases caused by genetic mutations for which there is currently no definitive treatment. However, if we can establish a technique to accurately correct only the mutated nucleotides of the genes, we may be able to provide effective methods for treating these diseases. Thus, we are highly motivated to develop precise gene editing technology from the perspective of DNA repair research.
-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
Our lab is working to develop genome editing technology that freely rewrites genome information, the blueprint of life. By applying this technology, we will create a new field of study that will allow us to freely design living organisms. We are also developing new therapeutic technologies that directly repair disease-causing genetic mutations in vivo. Our goal is to eradicate many diseases from the world.
Keiichiro Suzuki 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.
We are developing new medical technologies, integrating neuroscience and informatics. In particular, our mission is to improve the patients' quality of life by developing Brain-Machine Interface using intracranial EEG, neurofeedback-based treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders, and EEG/MEG-based diagnosis of neurological disorders.
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.
"Gait" is the most fundamental action for human during locomotion over a solid substrate, and also includes essential information such as individuality and health status. I'd like to tackle with fundamental research on computer vision and pattern recognition as well as application research in forensics, health, and medical field via video-based gait analysis.
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.
“Human rights were not built in a day”. Since the Declaration of Human Rights in France and America at the end of the 18th century, we have been struggling with various obstacles to enjoyment of our rights. The purpose of this research is to give some clues used to involve human rights issues of present-day society through making clear how our predecessors could break down these obstacles and obtain their rights.
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.
I have supported the health of people living in the community as a public health nurse. Based on this experience, I am conducting research with the aim of enabling persons with mental disabilities and their families to live a normal life and to lead a life that is unique to each of them. I would like to contribute as much as I can toward a society where persons with mental disabilities do not have to give up loving others.
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.
We are developing innovative chemical technologies for imaging and controlling biological samples by light and radiation. By utilizing photochemical reactions and radiation chemistry to design and synthesize photofunctional hybrid molecules and materials, we develop methods for imaging and manipulating biological functions with light, and develop applied research in bioscience.
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.
I will challenge one of the greatest mysteries in life science and medicine in the 21st century, “why do we age?” In particular, we have discovered that autophagy and lysosome function play a central role in the regulation of aging and lifespan, and through elucidation of this mechanism, we will clarify the complex mechanisms of aging. In the future, our research will lead to new seeds that will contribute to the extension of healthy life expectancy.
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
Dysregulated immune responses at the intestinal mucosa are a common feature of patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The main theme of my research is to define the impacts of interactions between immune cells, non-hematopoietic cells, and microbiota on maintenance of the intestinal homeostasis and pathogenesis of IBD, which would provide putative diagnostic biomarkers and potential therapeutic targets for IBD.
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
Currently, I am pioneering and developing a new academic field, "Bacterial Coexistence Science," for the successful "coexistence"" and "symbiosis" with all bacteria, including both harmful and beneficial bacteria. In today's world, where countermeasures against pandemics and extension of healthy life expectancy have become important, I would like to make a great contribution to the world by achieving results that can help human beings to live safely and healthily.
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
Plasma is related to many phenomena around us and in the Universe. High energy density plasmas show us properties of matter under extremely high pressure conditions. My long-term goal is to provide new viewpoints on physics of nature through theoretical studies on plasma physics.
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.
Our surroundings are full of various fine particles. Thus, we cannot avoid exposure to fine particles including pregnant women/babies, suggesting that there is a need to ensure safety for vulnerable generations. From the perspectives of toxicology and environmental health, we attempt to elucidate the effects of fine particle on maternal and child health and to develope control and prevention methods based on the mechanism.
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.
My research target is "language," one of the most crucial tools for humans to think and communicate. We naturally understand and generate paraphrases that convey the same idea and event in various linguistic expressions. However, its mechanism is still a black box. My passion for research is unveiling humans' amazing language processing ability to understand the closeness of textual meanings through the development of computers to understand and generate paraphrases.
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. She is now serving as a director for the Association for Natural Language Processing, Japan (since 2020) and Information Processing Society of Japan (since 2022), and Members-at-Large of Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (AFNLP) (since 2022).
Data management is an essential component in business. I would like to develop more efficient methods and techniques in this field and contribute to expanding the limits of data utilization. By improving the accuracy and quality of data management, we can obtain more accurate analytical results and have a significant impact on business and society.
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).
The main research theme is synthesis and evaluation of functional ceramics with controled crystal morphology and composition using hydrothermal or solvothermal process that are synthesis method with low environmental impact. We are aiming to development of novel synthesis methods to improve and control the characteristics of functional ceramics, toward future application such as environmental purification, and biomaterials.
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.
I am pioneering new measurement devices with light as the keyword, such as microscopes that enable us to see what was previously invisible and sensors that enable us to measure what was previously unmeasurable. In particular, with a focus on nanophotonics and plasmonics, which control light at the nanoscale, I aim to contribute to society and industry by pursuing science that makes the impossible possible.
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.