Novel Measuring and Analytical Technology Contributions to the Elucidation and Application of Life Phenomena

Strategic Sector

Creation of Basic Technology for the Realization of Leading Edge Measuring and Analytical Equipment through the Development of New Techniques, etc

Research Supervisor

Toshio Yanagida(Specially Appointed Professor, Osaka University)


This research field focuses on the construction of novel, fundamental measurement and analysis techniques for interpreting as yet unexplained life phenomena which are the driving force behind the development of life science technologies. Specifically, emphasis is placed on analysis techniques which reveal the true nature of the mechanism of interaction between organic molecules, which govern life phenomena, as well as techniques that can be used for in situ observations of biological entities or organic molecules inside cells, analysis techniques applicable at the level of individual cells, and novel measurement and analysis techniques applicable on any scale ranging from individual entities to entire ecosystems.Furthermore, novel techniques are sought for measuring and analyzing the influence exerted on biological entities by materials whose abundance in the environmental probes is extremely low.In addition, even for techniques based on existing fundamental principles, this field includes research which is expected to yield breakthrough research and life science technologies that can drastically improve the speed, sensitivity and resolution of measurements and analyses or can break the limitations associated with these factors. Such breakthroughs are also expected in the pursuit of new principles, and in the research and material science techniques related to the discovery and clarification of new phenomena.


Year Started : 2006 

Yuji C. Sasaki
Professor, The University of Tokyo
Yoshikazu Nakayama
Professor, Osaka University
Kuniaki Nagayama
Professor, National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS)
Hideo Higuchi
Professor, The University of Tokyo
Atsuo Miyazawa
Professor, University of Hyogo

Year Started : 2005

Shigeru Aoyama
General Manager, OMRON Corp.
Tetsuo Nagano
Professor, The University of Tokyo
Yoshikazu Nakamura
Professor, The University of Tokyo
Yusuke Mori
Professor, Osaka University
Yoshichika Yoshioka
Specially Appointed Professor, Osaka University

Year Started : 2004

Toshio Ando


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