Polymer nanomaterials have great potential to revolutionize bioanalytical methods and biological sciences. Our group focuses on exploring polymer nanomaterials, such as nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanofibers, sheets, and gels for advanced bioanalytical chemistry and materials biology. We are especially interested in understanding how cells receive stimuli from external environment and what happens to cell function. Our materials would be a powerful tool and greatly contribute to the development of fundamental biology, bioanalytical science, and medical technology.
Development of functional polymer nanomaterials have attracted a great deal of interest in various research field, including analytical science, biomedical engineering, or fundamental biology, because of their tunable chemical and physical properties. Our laboratory aims to create novel polymer nanomaterials, such as nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanofibers, sheets, and gels for bioanalytical chemistry and materials biology. Basic knowledge and skill in polymer chemistry, physical chemistry, and cell biology are applied to advance cutting edge concepts of these researches.
"Material biology" is a new concept of material based academic field. This study is the application of materials for analytical or manipulation tools for biological samples, such as living cells, and this technology solves the mysteries of biology. Our group aims to regulate cell functions by using polymer nanomaterials and observe various unknown biological phenomena. Especially, we are interested in mechanobiology. The mechanical properties of extracellular matrices play an important role in the regulation of biological processes, such as cell migration, cell proliferation, and stem cell differentiation. Thus, functional characters of polymer nanomaterials serve as ideal platforms for regulation of mechanical properties of extra cellular environment.
Analytical chemistry is a measurement science and it plays an important role in all fields of science. Analytical chemistry also focuses on the creation of new measurement methods, such as analysis of environments, foods, or drug candidates. Our group seeks to create a novel analytical method based on smart function of polymer nanomaterials. Our goal is to analyze unknown biological phenomena, food composition, environmental contamination, or prospective drugs for various diseases by using our advanced polymer nanomaterials.