The Director’s Vision

Director Susumu Kitagawa

Linking Cell Biology and Materials Science

iCeMS fosters interdisciplinary research activities that encompass cell biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and other areas of excellence at Kyoto University. Exploring the relationship between matter and life opens up a new horizon of science, and technology.

Exploring New Frontiers

Some may argue that when researchers with different perspectives and expertise are brought together, they have difficulties sharing information and developing common goals. By accepting different views and opinions, iCeMS researchers not only overcome these difficulties but also turn them into opportunities for advancing the goals of the Institute. Therefore, we are confident that the iCeMS is home to innovative ideas and new approaches. The major research interests of the iCeMS include the following.

Major Pillars of Research

1. Understanding biochemical processes of the cell and creating functional molecules

Cells maintain their functionality by orchestrating the interactions between a plethora of molecules. Understanding cellular functionality requires us to create chemical substances and materials that are necessary for its analysis. Knowledge gained through this analysis provides a platform for creating new molecules that help control cells.

2. Creating substances inspired by cellular functions and mechanisms

Prof Richard Feynman’s famous dictum, “What I cannot create, I do not understand,” highlights the belief that deep scientific understanding comes from generating and testing new physical entities. If we cannot manufacture relevant products to test our working hypothesis, we have not yet come to grips with the subject of study. iCeMS advances the understanding of cellular processes and produces new substances inspired by cell biology.