Our group receives undergraduate students from the Department of Materials Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, and master and doctoral students from the Department of Bioengineering. We also welcome those who can join us as a Postdoctoral Fellow (PD) of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). If you are interested in our group, please contact us by e-mail [ ].
In our group, we are investigating the science of hydrogels and their application as biomaterials. The development of biomaterials "based on fundamental science" is one of our features. Our group mainly researches to understand hydrogels rather than conducting simple experiments using cells and animals. Therefore, we are looking for students who are more interested in physics and material science than medicine. The hydrogel is a material that still has many unknowns, and one of our goals is to master the physics of gels. And we are educating students so that they can do that.
For medical applications, we select the most suitable collaborators from various collaborative research networks, including the University of Tokyo Hospital, and conduct them under clinicians' guidance. Our goal is to develop beneficial medical materials by knowing our materials well and designing hydrogels freely to meet clinicians' needs. Our goal is to create helpful biomaterials.
Daily life in the laboratory
In principle, experiments are conducted from Monday to Friday. The research theme is decided after a discussion between students and faculty. Each student will have an independent theme. In addition to the daily research discussions, the following seminars will be held with all students' participation.
Lab meeting: Each time, about five students summarize the progress of their research in a document and present it in front of everyone, followed by questions and discussion. Study sessions: Appropriate textbooks (polymer physics, English grammar, etc.) will be selected, and questions and discussions will be held.
Each student will be assigned to a study session about once a month. Through these activities, students will improve their ability to carry out research, presentation skills, and English skills and enrich their basic knowledge.
Doctoral course students are encouraged to study abroad for a short period at overseas universities or research institutes. In addition to improving their English skills, students can acquire a global mindset through exposure to different cultures. We also actively apply for financial support programs such as the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship Program.
Presentation at conferences and papers
Students who have achieved a certain level of results actively present their work at conferences and symposiums held in Japan and abroad. Students first experience giving presentations in Japanese, and when they become accustomed to it, they try to give presentations in English. They also present their results in academic papers. In addition to doctoral course students, master's course students who wish to go on to doctoral courses are encouraged to write their papers from the earliest possible stage.
Career after graduation
We sent out master's degree graduates in companies such as the following. Doctoral degree holders are active in university faculty and chemical companies.
TAIYO NIPPON SANSO
TOA Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd
JAPAN TOBACCO Inc.
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd
Toray Industries, Inc.
MITSUBISHI PENCIL Co., Ltd.
Bayer Yakuhin, Ltd.
Shiseido Co., Ltd.
University faculty (University of Tokyo, Osaka University)