Manipulation of Cellular Functions Based on Materials Chemistry

The human body is formed from about 37 trillion cells, and individual cells or collective cells contribute to various life phenomena including diseases. Therefore, manipulation techniques for these cells at the “single-cell level” are expected to lead not only to understanding unknown life phenomena, but also to developing fundamental treatment technologies for intractable diseases. We are working on the development of various stimuli-responsive polymer nanomaterials, such as non-invasive near-infrared light or magnetic field and its application for manipulation of cellular functions.