Faculty and Researchers

Biology and Life Sciences

Biophysics

An introduction to faculty staff members and laboratories in the Biophysics.
Note: Information on the laboratories is current as of the 2020 academic year. There may be changes to this information in the 2021 academic year.

KAMIYAMA Tadashi

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Biophysical Chemistry, Solution Chemistry

Research on elucidating the so-called “blueprint” and “operating manual” of proteins by understanding the nature of proteins under a variety of conditions (temperature, pressure, solvents, additives, etc.).

SAGA Yoshitaka

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Biological Chemistry Laboratory
Photobiological Chemistry

We focus on the mechanisms of photobiological reactions, such as photosynthesis, at the molecular level. In addition, we develop photofunctional nanomaterials that will contribute to solve energy and environmental issues.

HIDAKA Yuji

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Bioengineering Laboratory
Peptide and Protein Folding, Physiological Activity, Molecular Evolution, Genetic Engineering, Peptide and Protein Science, Disulfide Binding

The conformational changes of the native proteins cause several diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease. Disulfide bonds play a critical role in the maintenance of the native (bioactive) conformation of peptides and proteins under thermodynamic or kinetic control. Therefore, it is important to regulate disulfide bond formation in protein folding. We currently focus on the development the chemical methods to regulate disulfide-coupled peptide and protein folding

NISHIYAMA Masayoshi

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Laboratory for Dynamic Living Systems
Biophysics, Bioimaging

Biomolecules are nanometer-sized molecular machines working in living cells. Our research goal is to elucidate the operating principle how biological molecular machines work efficiently in collaboration with water molecules.

SHIMAMOTO Shigeru

Position
Lecturer
Laboratory
Molecular Function and Structure Regulation Laboratory
Structural Biology, Thermodynamics

The function of proteins depends on its native tertiary structure. In order to clarify their function mechanism and regulate their function, we perform the structure determination of proteins and thermodynamic analysis.