Academics

Faculty Spotlight

Architects of a Better Future

Professor

Tomonari Dotera

Physics

Professor Dotera specializes in condensed matter physics and does research on soft matter quasicrystals. He has created several complex Archimedean tiling patterns in polymers, and—in a paper that was later cited in the explanation of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry—he showed evidence of a ‘polymeric quasicrystal’ tiling for the first time. In 2014, his paper clarifying the origin of unusual non-periodic ordering that defines soft matter quasicrystals was published in Nature.

Associate Professor

Hiroyuki Moriyama

Stem Cell Biology and Dermatology

Associate Professor Moriyama’s scientific interest is focused on the basic biology of stem cells. His group investigates the potential value of mesenchymal stem cells in tissue engineering and the utilization of environmental signals, such as oxygen, in modulating stem cells. By combining his extensive technical expertise in stem cell science and dermatological research, his ultimate goal is to reconstitute the perfect skin tissue and to develop personalized regenerative therapy.

Professor

Kazuto Nishio

Genome Biology

Professor Nishio’s specialty is pharmacotherapy for cancer—particularly the areas of targeted therapy, translational research, biomarkers, and personalized medicine. Using genome and gene analyses as well as an approach grounded in molecular biology, he works to elucidate pathological conditions and conducts research on biomarker development.

Emeritus Professor

Hidemi Kumai

Aquaculture

A fisheries biologist, Professor Kumai has long been involved in aquaculture. It was his research team that achieved full-cycle aquaculture of bluefin tuna. In 2003, while serving as the third director of the Fisheries Laboratory (1991 to 2008), Professor Kumai headed up an aquaculture project that was chosen for the 21st Century COE (Center of Excellence) Program and Global COE Program run by the Japanese government.

Professor

Reiko Sugiura

Molecular Pharmacogenomics and
Drug Discovery

Professor Sugiura is a pioneer researcher on the identification of regulatory factors of MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) and the elucidation of its control mechanisms. Along with her distinguished work as a scientist and a medical doctor, she is developing a groundbreaking strategy to combat cancer on a molecular-targeted basis. She currently serves as a research project leader for the Strategic Research Foundation, which is supported by the Japanese government.

Professor

Hideki Kyogoku

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Kyogoku is a leading researcher in the development of both laser additive manufacturing technology and functional materials, such as shape-memory alloys made via powder metallurgy. He serves as a project leader in TRAFAM (Technology Research Association for Future Additive Manufacturing), an organization that has been commissioned by the Japanese government to develop next-generation industrial 3D printers and ultra-precise 3D modeling systems.

Professor

Tetsuya Mitsudomi

Thoracic Surgery

Professor Mitsudomi’s current research interests include surgical treatment, targeted therapy, and biomarker development for lung cancer. He won the Mary J. Matthews Award at the 2013 World Conference on Lung Cancer. He also received the 2014 Kiyoko and Paul Bourdarie-Goto Scientific Prize for his paper on the treatment of lung cancer harboring EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) mutations.

Professor

Mikio Nakahara

Physics

Professor Nakahara is actively conducting research on quantum information, quantum computing, and quantum control. He is also working on topological excitations in various condensed matter systems. Professor Nakahara is well known for his advanced textbooks on quantum computing and mathematical physics, both of which are widely used in prestigious universities around the world.

Professor

Tamio Ida

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Ida does research on Bio-coke, a biomass fuel that can be used as a coal coke substitute in large-scale industrial processes. Bio-coke technology can help reduce CO2 emissions for the prevention of global warming and can also help control rising coal coke prices. Professor Ida’s main research project is on Bio-coke manufacturing methods and devices that would enable fast and efficient production of Bio-coke. He also aims to develop innovative biomass energy technology for building a greener world.

Professor

Shigeki Hontsu

Functional Materials

Professor Hontsu uses interdisciplinary research that integrates electronics and bioengineering to develop novel medical materials, such as the flexible hydroxyapatite sheet, for dental treatment. As a biocompatible dental material, his hydroxyapatite sheet looks promising for use in the repair and protection of tooth enamel as well as in the treatment of hyperesthesia.

Professor

Masatoshi Kudo

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Professor Kudo has been a member of the ILCA (International Liver Cancer Association) Governing Board since 2009 and president of Kindai University Medical Center since 2008. He has published over 500 international scientific peer review papers in well-regarded journals and about 800 scientific papers in Japan-based publications. His research interest lies in the diagnosis and treatment of HCC (hepatocellular carcinoma).