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First Author Interview

We invite the first authors of a recently published manuscript for a letter-based interview on their work. In particular, we ask the author to tell us the behind-the-scenes story of their manuscript, as experienced personally by the author but not communicated directly in the manuscript.

  • Andrew Gibbons

    Graduate student

    A graduate student in the Physics Department at Kyoto University where he studies optical properties of polymer films. Recently Mr. Gibbons and his collaborators have developed a polymer film that changes color when heart cells are beating on its surface, providing a unique way of monitoring the cells.

  • Dr. Sanjog S. Nagarkar

    AIST Post-Doctoral Fellow

    Dr. Sanjog S. Nagarkar works on synthesis of melting Coordination Polymers (CPs) and their utilization for clean energy applications. Inspired from natural systems the group successfully developed a Coordination Polymer based glass to harvest solar energy.

  • Yousuke Katsuda

    Assistant Professor at Kumamoto University

    DNA contains genetic information necessary for constructing RNA, and the RNA acts as a messenger of the information to make functional proteins in cells. Dr. Yousuke Katsuda and his team found a unique compound named RGB-1 that has high-selectivity for RNA G-quadruplex. His group also reported a new methodology to identify RNA G-quadruplexes in cells.

  • Georgia Kafer

    Program-Specific Research Associate

    The post doctoral researcher Georgia Kafer and her team found out that a specific chemical modification that happens in DNA helps to repair DNA damage. This finding is hoped to lead to a new way of cancer prevention in the future.

    When she told us about the research, she said that it was "the most enjoyable" of all the research projects she has worked on.

  • Hirotaka Nakatsuji

    Doctoral student

    The doctoral student Hirotaka Nakatsuji is focusing on biological applications of light-responsive nanomaterials, like the materials used for solar cells. In this research, he attempted to control the pain receptors in our neurons with light.