Posts Categorized: Distinguished Researchers

The DRs 2017

The DRs 2017

HU’s rock stars of research….. Read all about them here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/HiroshimaUniversityResearch/photos/?tab=album&album_id=543301806063075 Music used: “Rock Thing” by Creo is licensed under a Attribution License. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

An Interview with Distinguished Researcher Yuhki Yanase

An Interview with Distinguished Researcher Yuhki Yanase

On February 1, 2013, Hiroshima University established two new programs: the “Distinguished Professors” (DP) program and the “Distinguished Researchers” (DR) program. Individuals who are part of these programs are recognized as senior and junior faculty members respectively, who are engaged in extraordinarily distinguished research activities. What is your name and specialty? My name is Yuhki Yanase. I belong the Department of Dermatology, and focus on skin disorders. My main focus is on biosensors – I develop optical biosensors that detects when cells have been triggered by an allergic reaction. Are allergies becoming more common? The number of patients with allergies is increasing because the world is cleaner! So, we are… Read more

An Interview with Distinguished Researcher Yaichiro Kotake

An Interview with Distinguished Researcher Yaichiro Kotake

 On February 1, 2013, Hiroshima University established two new programs: the “Distinguished Professors” (DP) program and the “Distinguished Researchers” (DR) program. Individuals who are part of these programs are recognized as senior and junior faculty members respectively, who are engaged in extraordinarily distinguished research activities.   What is your name and specialty? My name is Yaichiro Kotake – my research field is neurotoxicology. Neurotoxicology tries to determine how environmental chemicals damage the brain. What do you mean by environmental chemicals? There are countless chemicals in the world – we are aware of approximately 100 million. A proportion of those chemicals – about 100,000 chemicals surround us in our daily lives;… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Kazuyoshi Ukena

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Kazuyoshi Ukena

 On February 1, 2013, Hiroshima University established two new programs: the “Distinguished Professors” (DP) program and the “Distinguished Researchers” (DR) program. Individuals who are part of these programs are recognized as senior and junior faculty members respectively, who are engaged in extraordinarily distinguished research activities.  Can you introduce yourself please? My name is Kazuyoshi Ukena, my specialty in neuroendocrinology – I focus on hormones in the brain. What are you working on now? I’m investigating never before documented neuropeptides. Neuropeptides are proteins used by neuronal cells to pass signals from one to another. I have recently found a new one in the hypothalamus, the brain control center, and we have… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Kiyofumi Katagiri

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Kiyofumi Katagiri

 On February 1, 2013, Hiroshima University established two new programs: the “Distinguished Professors” (DP) program and the “Distinguished Researchers” (DR) program. Individuals who are part of these programs are recognized as senior and junior faculty members respectively, who are engaged in extraordinarily distinguished research activities. Can you tell me your name and specialist subject? My name is Kiyofumi Katagiri. My major is materials chemistry focusing on hybrid materials and nanomaterials. What are you working on right now? One of my focuses is structural color. Usually we think of color as formed from dyes or pigments, which absorb certain light wavelengths, but structural color is different – it is caused by… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Yousuke Ooyama

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Yousuke Ooyama

On February 1, 2013, Hiroshima University established two new programs: the “Distinguished Professors” (DP) program and the “Distinguished Researchers” (DR) program. Individuals who are part of these programs are recognized as senior and junior faculty members respectively, who are engaged in extraordinarily distinguished research activities.     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… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Hiromitsu Takahashi

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Hiromitsu Takahashi

On February 1, 2013, Hiroshima University established two new programs: the “Distinguished Professors” (DP) program and the “Distinguished Researchers” (DR) program. Individuals who are part of these programs are recognized as senior and junior faculty members respectively, who are engaged in extraordinarily distinguished research activities. 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… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Tsunefumi Mizuno

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Tsunefumi Mizuno

On February 1, 2013, Hiroshima University established two new programs: the “Distinguished Professors” (DP) program and the “Distinguished Researchers” (DR) program. Individuals who are part of these programs are recognized as senior and junior faculty members respectively, who are engaged in extraordinarily distinguished research activities.        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… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Takeshi Ikeda

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Takeshi Ikeda

On February 1, 2013, Hiroshima University established two new programs: the “Distinguished Professors” (DP) program and the “Distinguished Researchers” (DR) program. Individuals who are part of these programs are recognized as senior and junior faculty members respectively, who are engaged in extraordinarily distinguished research activities. 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 –… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Takasi Ogi

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Takasi Ogi

On February 1, 2013, Hiroshima University established two new programs: the “Distinguished Professors” (DP) program and the “Distinguished Researchers” (DR) program. Individuals who are part of these programs are recognized as senior and junior faculty members respectively, who are engaged in extraordinarily distinguished research activities.       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… Read more