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Meet Hikaru Yabuta

Meet Hikaru Yabuta

Professor Hikaru Yabuta Department of Earth and Planetary Systems Science Can you please describe your field of research? I look at organic molecules (that are composed of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen) in meteorites. Meteorites are pieces of asteroids that fall to Earth. They are a remnant from 4.6 billion years ago, so they are the building blocks of the solar system. The reason why I study organic molecules in meteorites is that I am interested in origins of life. It is thought that meteorites delivered organic molecules, as building blocks of the first life, to the early Earth. Thus, in order to understand origins of life, it is important to… Read more

Meet Haruko Takahashi

Meet Haruko Takahashi

 Assistant Professor Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life- Haruko Takahashi Can you please describe your field of research? So, cancer is a very huge topic, and everyone has an interest in that. As you may know it’s a very severe disease but also its related to our body itself because cancer cells come from our own body. We have cells that should live in a normal state but can turn into a abnormal state. This transformation is happening in our body and it is related to our diseases and we want to demonstrate that type of thing in our research. Medical doctors want to treat them but as a… Read more

Meet Hanae Inami

Meet Hanae Inami

Assistant Professor of Astrophysics- Hanae Inami Can you please describe your field of research? I am trying to understand how galaxies in our universe were born and how they evolve. I use telescopes to observe galaxies that are forming stars. In particular, I am interested in galaxies which are very bright in the infrared but not in visible light. Astronomers recently discovered that these types of galaxies made most of the stars at a time when the universe was most active, around 11 billion years ago (about 3 billion years after the big bang). What got you into this field? When I was little, I wanted to become an astronaut…. Read more

Meet Thanutchaporn Kumrungsee

Meet Thanutchaporn Kumrungsee

Assistant Professor Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life – Thanutchaporn Kumrungsee Can you please describe your field of research? My research field is Food Science and Nutrition for Disease Prevention. I am interested in applying food and nutrition to prevent diseases; like it is said “Let food be your medicine”. Currently, I focus on studying the relationship between genetics, nutrition and health, which is called “Nutrigenomics”. Nowadays, many diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, rather than simply a single genetic defect. And, nutrition is one of the key environmental factors influencing genetic or gene… Read more

Meet Yuichi Kurita

Meet Yuichi Kurita

  Yuichi Kurita never enjoyed sports. Now Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering at Hiroshima University, he thrives in pursuit of making sports more fun. An expert in robotics and virtual reality, Kurita is particularly interested in a kind of human-robot interaction called haptics, or the feeling of touch or force. He is using haptics technology to help all sorts of people, from patients in rehabilitation programs to players learning how to play baseball.   The 2020 Olympics are coming up soon. How do you see your research fitting in with it? As part of the Superhuman Sports Society, we plan to hold some event during the Olympics to… Read more

Meet Kazuhiko Watanabe

Meet Kazuhiko Watanabe

  Kazuhiko Watanabe is a biomechanist and Director of the Sports and Health Science Laboratory at Hiroshima University. He may have retired in 2008, but this Emeritus Professor is still very much involved with community inside and outside of the university. Watanabe’s research focuses on posture control and improving people’s quality of life – from Olympic ski jumpers to elderly people.   Do you play any sports? I enjoy kendo and skiing. Kendo is more of a skill-based sport than, say, judo. So even at eighty or ninety years old, you could play kendo with someone in a younger generation. As for skiing, I was born near Niseko, a mountain… Read more