Posts Categorized: Distinguished Researchers

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

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Toru Hosoi

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Toru Hosoi

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 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… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Jun Wasaki

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Jun Wasaki

 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 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… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Yutaka Nakashimada

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Yutaka Nakashimada

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 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… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Naohide Oue

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Naohide Oue

 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 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… Read more

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Kazuhiko Hayakawa

An interview with Distinguished Researcher Kazuhiko Hayakawa

 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 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… Read more