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Associate Professor / PI

Research Interest

Supramolecular Chemistry, Chemical Biology
Molecular self-assembly is a phenomenon in which multiple molecular subunits autonomously assemble into an ordered structural piece or pattern without any external direction. We own a self-assembly technology to synthesize the largest known artificial self-assembled objects. As such structures are now compatible with large biomolecules, like protein, in size, we explore the potentials of such chemical-protein composites.

What I like about my science

Exploring a category of materials that nobody has ever synthesized before.

Researcher Q & A

Where are you from?

Oita, Japan

Why did you become a researcher?

I like creating things. In other words, I love the step from zero to one. I have simply keep pursuing fun stuff, and I find myself being a scientific researcher now.

What is your favorite experiment, theory, device, reagent, lab equipment? Why do you like it?

Finely designed artificial techniques or systems are my favorites. PCR and mRNA Display methods are typical examples. Even aside the scientific research, I was impressed when I first heard about the “Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich” technique.

What is your hobby?

Backpacking: My favorite activity when I was an undergrad student.

Skiing: I like the part that skiing requires us to act against intuition.

Spatial modification of protein