Posts Categorized: Distinguished Professors

Distinguished Professor Interviews by the Research Planning Office

Distinguished Professor Interviews by the Research Planning Office

  Professor Wataru Yasui 先端物質科学研究科 三浦 道子 教授 Professor Kazuaki CHAYAMA Professor Toru SUGITATE 原爆放射線医科学研究所 神谷 研二 教授 Professor Norio IKENO 工学研究院 大下 浄治 教授 Professor Akio KURODA

Yasushi Fukazawa, astronomy

Yasushi Fukazawa, astronomy

A Conversation with Distinguished Professor Yasushi Fukazawa Telescopes in Space Professor Yasushi Fukazawa is an astronomer at Hiroshima University, but his telescopes are located in outer space. Fukazawa is interested in X-rays and Gamma rays, types of light that the human eye cannot see and Earth-based telescopes are unable to detect.  Earth’s atmosphere absorbs the X-rays and Gamma rays emitted by objects in space.  To gather information about these types of energy, astronomers build telescopes and then rocket-launch them into orbit where they circle Earth as satellites.  The Hubble Space Telescope may be the most famous of this type of satellite telescope.  Traditionally, satellite telescopes primarily built in Japan are… Read more

Kazunori Imaizumi, biochemistry

Kazunori Imaizumi, biochemistry

A Conversation with Distinguished Professor Kazunori Imaizumi A Common Cause Inside the cells of animals and plants is a folded, flattened tube of membranes piled on top of themselves. Studded along portions of the inside of this tube are ribosomes, small organelles that turn messages from DNA into protein. The proteins and occasionally important fats, or lipids, travel through the tube, folded and finalized into their completed form as they go. The tube itself is the Endoplasmic Reticulum, referred to as “the ER” by scientists. If something goes awry within the ER, proteins and lipids can get backed-up, clogging the tube and causing cellular stress. Both the potential causes and… Read more

Katsuya Inoue, chemistry

Katsuya Inoue, chemistry

A Conversation with Distinguished Professor Katsuya Inoue Katusya Inoue identifies himself as a chemist, but his work blends scientific concepts that were once completely disparate.  This combination of research fields was something his 20-year-old-self hoped for, but never expected. He is currently a Distinguished Professor in Hiroshima University’s Graduate School of Science where he studies the properties of molecules that are both chiral and magnetic.  Inoue downplays the special nature of the work that happens in his laboratory, introducing the space by saying, “This is a normal organic chemistry lab.”   While a Master’s degree student at the University of Tokyo, he studied molecular magnets, which are usually made using… Read more

Hideki Ohdan, gastroenterology

Hideki Ohdan, gastroenterology

A Conversation with Distinguished Professor Hideki Ohdan Distinguished Professor Hideki Ohdan identifies himself as a “surgeon scientist.” He grew up in Hiroshima city and completed a Medical Degree in 1988 and a PhD degree in 1997, both from Hiroshima University. Now, he leads an active medical practice and research laboratory at Hiroshima University Hospital. His career has focused on removing biological barriers to match organ donors with patients who need organ transplants. This project is driven by the immediate needs of clinical patients, but involves solving a larger scientific mystery: how does the immune system recognize its own body as native cells to ignore and recognize foreign cells as invaders… Read more

Toshiro Takabatake, thermoelectrics

Toshiro Takabatake, thermoelectrics

A Conversation with Distinguished Professor Toshiro Takabatake “This is what we’re looking for: a material with low thermal conductivity and high electrical conductivity and that can create a high voltage.”   Distinguished Professor Toshiro Takabatake lists the facts of his research without special emphasis, relaxed in his office at Hiroshima University.  He joined the university originally in 1988 when much of the faculty was still based at the Hiroshima city campus.  He relocated to the new main campus in Saijo during the 1990s and moved between two other departments before settling in the Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter in 1998.  He has hosted many international students and faculty… Read more