Department of Nanobiochemistry

The faculty of Frontiers of Innovative Research in Science and Technology (FIRST) was established in 2009 at a new Konan University campus located on Port Island, Kobe. Taking advantage of the low student-teacher ratio (45 undergraduate students per 14 faculty), we provide the highest level of education to produce Bachelors graduates with a strong background and experimental skills in the fields of nanobiochemistry and related sciences. Unique educational facilities for the undergraduate students have been installed, including MyLab, where each student has a private desk and locker, as well as wireless networking facility. The faculty also features specialized research facilities for NMR and ESR studies, thermodynamic studies, and electron microscopic studies. FIRST shares a campus with the Frontier Institute for Biomolecular Engineering Research (FIBER), which was established in 2004 and moved onto the Port Island Campus.

Faculty member

Name Title Field of Research Subject of Research
NISHIKATA, Takahito Professor Molecular and Cellular Developmental Biology Studies on animal development and evolution. Analyses of cellular responses against environmental stress.
KAWAKAMI, Junji Professor Genetic Phermaceutical Sciences Design and generation of new ribozymes and other functional nucleic acids. Construction of artificial gene regulation systems. Quantitative analysis of bio-molecular interactions.
MURASHIMA, Takashi Professor Organic Synthesis Synthesis of novel organic compounds interacting with biomolecules
MATSUI, Jun Professor Biofunctional Polymer and Biosensing Development of nanobio-based materials and sensors for detecting biologically active compounds
FUJII, Satoshi Professor Bioinorganic Chemistry Research of metalloprotein/enzyme and metal-related disease, and development of bio-inspired inorganic materials
AKAMATSU, Kensuke Professor Nanomaterials Development of metal nanoparticles/polymer composite materials, and Fabrication of electronic devices based on inorganic nanoparticles
NAKANO, Shu-ichi Professor Biomolecular Function Investigation of the biomolecular functions and interactions toward nanobiotechnology
MIYOSHI, Daisuke Professor Rational Design of Functional Biomolecule Quantitative analysis and rational designs of structure and function of nuleic acids and their applications toward new nanobiotechnologies
KOUMOTO, Kazuya Professor Bioorganic Chemistry Synthesis of functional molecules for biotechnical, pharmaceutical and medical applications
NAGAHAMA, Koji Professor Functional Nucleic Acid and Biomaterials Development of biopolymer-based functional materials for biomedical applications
USUI, Kenji Associate Professor Bioanalytical Chemistry Construction of analytical systems for biomolecules in extracellular, intracellular and/or pseudo-cellular environments with protein engineering and peptide engineering
TSURUOKA, Takaaki Associate Professor Inorganic Photochemistry Development of nanostructured materials with novel optical properties and their applications to optical and biological devices
KAWAUCHI, Keiko Associate Professor Molecular Oncology Study on the molecular mechanism of tumor development and progression.
TAKASHIMA, Yohei Associate Professor Functional nanomaterials Development of new functional chemical system.