Manipulation of Cellular Functions Based on Materials Chemistry

The human body is formed from about 37 trillion of 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” is expected to lead not only to understand unknown life phenomena, but also to develop fundamental treatment technologies for intractable diseases. We are working on 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.