Posts Categorized: Distinguished Researchers

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Yousuke Ooyama

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Yousuke Ooyama

On Tuesday 6th June we interviewed Distinguished Researcher Yousuke Ooyama in his office and lab at Higashi-Hiroshima Campus. The following discussion took place: What is your name and specialist field? My name is Yousuke Ooyama and my research field is functional-dye chemistry. Functional dye chemistry investigates pigments and their potential for use in applications such as organic light emitting devices and organic solar cells. I also work on developing organic compounds that emit color when excited by stimuli. Essentially, I try to make the world a better place through color! Is this a new field of study? Yes, we are growing. Our laboratory at HU began operating this year, and… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Hiromitsu Takahashi

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Hiromitsu Takahashi

On Wednesday 14th June our Science Communication Fellow met up with Assistant Professor Hiromitsu Takahashi on Higashi-Hiroshima campus. The following discussion took place: What is your name and specialty? My name is Hiromitsu Takahashi, I study high-energy astrophysics. Mainly I observe celestial sources using satellites and balloons. What are you working on right now? Currently we are developing a new type of satellite – it’s not so large, about 50kg, but it’s something very special. What we want to achieve cannot be done using anything larger. Why are these small satellites so useful? We are observing bright objects, but the direction they appear from is unpredictable. They could appear anywhere… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Tsunefumi Mizuno

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Tsunefumi Mizuno

Our Science Communication Fellow met up with Distinguished Researcher Tsunefumi Mizuno on Tuesday 30th May on HigashiHiroshima Campus. The following discussion took place. What is your name and specialty? My name is Tsunefumi Mizuno. I study high-energy phenomenon in the universe, mainly those in our own Milky Way galaxy. I am particularly interested in galactic cosmic rays – their origin and propagation. What are cosmic rays? Galactic cosmic rays are high-energy charged particles – protons, electrons and others that are so energetic they travel close to the speed of light. They are generated somewhere in the universe, somewhere in the Milky Way galaxy, likely by stars which have collapsed such… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Takeshi Ikeda

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Takeshi Ikeda

On Wednesday 7th June our Science Communication Fellow caught up with Assistant Professor Takeshi Ikeda on Higashi-hiroshima campus. The following discussion took place: Can you tell me your name and specialty? My name is Takeshi Ikeda. I study biomineralization – the process by which organisms produce inorganic materials. In particular, I focus on silica biomineralization in bacteria. Silica, also known as silicon dioxide, and silicon in its pure form, is widely used in industry. Although silica biomineralization has been intensively investigated in diatoms, sponges, and higher plants – in bacteria, it was largely ignored until recently. Although, in the 1960s some researchers did study silicon utilization by bacteria, when we… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Takasi Ogi

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Takasi Ogi

On Wednesday 31st May, our Science Communication Fellow visited Associate Professor Takasi Ogi (DR) at his lab in Higashi-Hiroshima Campus. The following discussion took place: What is your name and specialty? My name is Takasi Ogi. I research the development of nanostructured particles and materials. One of the main aims is to maximize the potential of material recovery. Why is this necessary? You see Japan has limited resources. We don’t have precious metals such as platinum or tungsten etcetera – so we need to recover metals like these from, what is termed, “urban mines”. Other countries might have natural mines from which to source valuable materials but Japan does not…. Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Toru Hosoi

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Toru Hosoi

On Friday 23rd June our Science Communication Fellow visited Associate Professor Toru Hosoi at his office in Kasumi Campus. The following discussion took place. Can you tell me your name and specialist field? My name is Toru Hosoi. My specialty is pharmaceutical science – specifically pharmacology and clinical pharmacology. I try to understand how medical drugs work with the ultimate aim of finding new drugs. In order to develop such an understanding we first need to investigate the molecular biology involved in disease – I use techniques to resolve this. What are you working on now? Endoplasmic reticular stress (ERS). This involves looking at organelles (the specialized structures within cells),… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Jun Wasaki

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Jun Wasaki

On Friday 23rd June, our Science Communication Fellow visited Professor Jun Wasaki (DR) at his lab in Higashi-Hiroshima Campus. The following discussion took place: What is your name and specialist field? My name is Jun Wasaki. My major fields are plant nutrition – and also soil microbiology What are you working on right now? I’m focusing on phosphorous. Phosphorous is one of the major elements required for plant nutrition – but phosphorous sources are seriously depleted. Production of phosphorous-based fertilizer will peak in the next ten-20 years, after which it will decrease rapidly. However, phosphorous does still exist – it is accumulated in the soil where it has been applied,… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Yutaka Nakashimada

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Yutaka Nakashimada

  On Wednesday 31st May, our Science Communication Fellow visited Professor Yutaka Nakashimada (DR) at his lab in Higashi-Hiroshima Campus. The following discussion took place: What is your name and specialist field? My name is Yutaka Nakashimada. My focus is on energy recovery from various kinds of biomass – specifically biogas. How did you get involved in this subject? I came to it via a very traditional route. A former professor of mine was interested in researching biogas production; I become an assistant professor in that university and I continued this research. I have been involved for over 20 years now so I have achieved a lot in that time…. Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Naohide Oue

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Naohide Oue

On Friday 16 June, our Science Communication Fellow visited Associate Professor Naohide Oue (DR) at his office in Kasume Campus. The following discussion took place: Can you tell me your name and specialist field? My name is Naohide Oue. I specialize in the molecular pathology of gastrointestinal cancer. While my focus is on stomach cancer, I also analyze esophagus and colon cancers. What are you working on right now? My main research project is the identification of specific markers for diagnosing cancer. For example, different types of cancer cells secrete unique proteins. We hope to discover the type of protein secreted by each type of cancer cell – we can… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Kazuhiko Hayakawa

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Kazuhiko Hayakawa

On Tuesday 30th May, our Science Communication Fellow visited Associate Professor Kazuhiko Hayakawa (DR) at his office in Higashi-Hiroshima Campus. The following discussion took place: Can you tell me your name and specialist field? My name is Kazuhiko Hayakawa. I specialize in econometrics which can be thought of as quantitate economics – I use data to analyze economic activity. There are two branches to the field – one is theoretical econometrics, and the other is applied econometrics. In the theoretical branch, we develop statistical methods for analyzing data using mathematical statistics. The applied branch involves researchers using these statistical methods to analyze real world data. What is its practical purpose?… Read more