Associate Professor / PI
Microengineering, Stem Cell Research
My research goal is to re-create a human body within a single device, named the “Body on a Chip.” This will enable the rebuilding of the physiological and pathological conditions of the human body in vitro, and would be a powerful tool for studying fundamental biological systems, and be useful in pre-clinical trials for drug development and screening by integrating iPS-cell and microfabrication technology.
What I like about my science
I'm an engineer working on developing a device to handle “tiny” things, such as cells. My research interest is “Can we make a ‘miniaturized human’ like Gundam models by using cells?”
Researcher Q & A
Where are you from?
Higashi-Murayama, Tokyo (one of the most famous Japanese comedians grew up in this city)
Why did you become a researcher?
Since I was a kid, I loved building things like Gundam plastic models. Hence, I became an engineering researcher.
What is your favorite experiment, theory, device, reagent, lab equipment? Why do you like it?
I like the solenoid valve used for controlling a microfluidic device. The sound the valves make when opening and closing reminds me that indeed I am “engineering”.
What is your hobby?
I like scuba diving. It opened me up to a new world. It is also fun to meet creatures which we cannot see on land.