TEAM

Faculty members

Akira Kakugo | 角五 彰

Professor, Graduate School of Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Kyoto University

角五 彰

Akira KAKUGO

Born in Tokyo, Prof. Kakugo was interested in things that move beautifully like flocks of birds, schools of fish and swarm of bees. After graduating from Sakura High School in Chiba Prefecture, he entered Hokkaido University. He found biomolecular motors’ involvement in cell movement and muscle contraction, then conducted research on the mechanism of converting chemical energy into kinetic energy. In his master and doctor courses at the university, he developed the world’s smallest power unit driven by chemical energy with biomolecular motors. He was inaugurated as Associate Professor of Hokkaido University Graduate School of Science in 2011. Currently, he focuses on establishing biomolecular motors as “Active matter” and explore their emergent functions. From 2022, he was appointed as a Professor in the Graduate School of Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Kyoto University. As for his major awards, he received the Young Researcher Award for Science and Technology Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2012, the Academic Award for Polymer Science in 2016 and HFSP (Human Frontier Science Program) Research Grants Award in 2021.

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Ibuki Kawabata

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Kyoto University

川又 生吹

Ibuki KAWAMATA

Inspired by the multi-scale hierarchy of various systems such as biochemical reactions and electric computers, Dr. Kawamata is interested in understanding and designing complex systems with designed interactions among molecular-level components, which eventually show an emergence of intelligent behavior. He has multidisciplinary experiences ranging from Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Robotics, and Biology. First, he studied at the University of Tokyo and receive a Ph.D from the Department of Computer Science, School of Information Science and Technology. There, he learned a theoretical aspect of programming chemical reaction networks made of biomolecules. In 2014, he moved to the Department of Robotics, School of Engineering at Tohoku University, and worked on experimentally assembling robot-like biomolecular systems. For example, he has developed mechanical nanostructures, reaction-diffusion systems, and biomolecular computers. He also had a chance to learn Biophysics during his visit to the Technical University of Munich in Germany. To disseminate the fundamental methodology of his research, he wrote a Japanese book about DNA origami, which is an intriguing emergent nanotechnology using DNA as a building material for molecular architectures. From 2023, he joined the Active Matter Lab in the Department of Physics, School of Science at Kyoto University.

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Lecturer, Graduate School of Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Kyoto University

市川 正敏

Masatoshi ICHIKAWA

Dr. Ichikawa’s research interests lie in Softmatter Physics, Nonlinear and Non-equilibrium Physics, and Biophysics. He has been affiliated with Kyoto University since his undergraduate years and obtained his Ph.D. in Physics. Following his graduation, he became an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Sciences in Kyushu University. He moved back to Kyoto University in 2009 to become a faculty member in the Graduate School of Science, where he is currently affiliated. He now studies self-propelled motion of a living cell and a non-living object, e.g., revealing the mechanism of how simple self-propelled objects obtain diversity of movement, and revealing that living micro-swimmers such as microorganisms utilize hydrodynamics and physics for their survival strategies.

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Masatoshi ICHIKAWA | 市川 正敏

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Kyoto University

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Marie TANI

Dr. Tani obtained her Ph.D in Physics from Ochanomizu University, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at PMMH-ESPCI and Ritsumeikan University, respectively. She then became an assistant professor at Department of Physics, Faculty of Science in Tokyo Metropolitan University in 2018. In 2023, she joined the team as an assistant professor. She has been fascinated by a world full of beautiful forms and phenomena, observed in everyday life, that can be explained by simple physics. In particular, she works on the dynamics of soft and deformable matters, such as liquids, droplets, elastomers, foams and granular materials, and active matters.

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Postdocs

Syeda Rubaiya Nasrin

Syeda Rubaiya NASRIN

JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Mechanobiology of Cytockeletal Proteins

I investigate the mechanical properties and functions of microtubules, a cytoskeletal protein by studying the effect of mechanical stress on them.

I love travelling
My home country is Bangladesh

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Bokusui NAKAYAMA | 中山 牧水

Bokusui NAKAYAMA
中山 牧水

JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Nonequilibrium system

Nonequilibrium systemz.
I am interested in collective behaviors and swarm intelligences.


I love eating & cooking
My home country is Japan

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Mst Rubaya Rashid

Mst Rubaya RASHID

Postdoctoral Researcher


Molecular swarm




I love travelling
My home country is Bangladesh

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Research assistants

Masahiro MAKUTA | 幕田 将宏

Masahiro MAKUTA
幕田 将宏

Research Assistant

Biophysics, Activematter

Understanding how objects move in non-equilibrium system

JapaneseSAKE Sommelier
(comlpeted Sakeology Seminar 2022)
My home country is Japan

Hisako YAMAMOTO
山本 寿子

Administrative  Assistant/ Secretary


My home country is Japan

Eriko KOJIRO
神代 栄理子

Technical Assistant


My home country is Japan

Students

KoheiOkuyama

Kohei OKUYAMA
奥山 紘平

Doctoral Course Student (D3)

Active matter, Microswimmers

Collective motion

I love piano music
My home country is Japan

Gong Yiming

Yiming GONG

Doctoral Course Student (D2)

My home country is China

Chung Wing CHAN
陳 宗榮

Doctoral Course Student (D1)

I love music and traveling
My home country is Hong Kong

Nozomu SASAKI | 佐々木 望

Nozomu SASAKI
佐々木 望

Master Course Student (M2)

Biophysics, Activematter

I love music
My home country is Japan

Risa AMANO
天野 里咲 

Master Course Student (M1)

I’m into computational chemistry, and I also love scientific discussions over beer
My home country is Japan

Kanta OSERA | 大瀬良 勘太

Kanta OSERA
大瀬良 勘太

Master Course Student (M1)

My home country is Japan

Taiyoh SASABE | 雀部 太陽

Taiyoh SASABE
雀部 太陽

Master Course Student (M1)

My home country is Japan

Kenan MATSUI | 松井 健安

Kenan MATSUI
松井 健安

Master Course Student (M1)

I enjoy badminton
My home country is Japan

Ryuhei ITOH
伊藤 龍平

Bachelor Course Student (B4)

I love music
My home country is Japan

Teofan KISHI
岸 汀和帆

Bachelor Course Student (B4)

I love driving and fixing my car
My home countries are Japan and Serbia

Tomoki NISHIKAWA
西川 友基

Bachelor Course Student (B4)

I love reading
My home country is Japan

Yosuke HATTORI
服部 陽介

Bachelor Course Student (B4)

I enjoy gourmet experiences
My home country is Japan

Rentaro HIGASHI
東 蓮太朗

Bachelor Course Student (B4)

I love reading
My home country is Japan

Ryoya HIROSE
廣瀬 了哉

Bachelor Course Student (B4)

I love manga and movies
My home country is Japan

Internship Students

Sidak Singh GREWAL

Indian Institute of Science

I Love Playing Ultimate Frisbee
My home country is India

Alumni

Makito MIYAZAKI (宮崎 牧人), Associate Professor,– 2023.10
Kei YAMAMOTO (山本 啓), JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, – 2023.10
Navarut PAENGJUN, visiting Researcher, – 2023.10
Jungmin AN, Master Course Student, – 2024.03
Shotaro OGATA (尾形 正太郎) Master Course Student, – 2024.03
Shogo NAGAI (永井 翔吾), Master Course Student, – 2024.03
Takuma NISHIZAWA (西沢 拓馬), Bachelor Course Student, – 2024.03
Md Fahad Rahman KHAN, Technical Assistant, – 2024.03
Nobuko NISHIKAWA (西川 信子), Administrative Assistant/ Secretary, – 2024.03
Senjuti NOWROZ, Doctoral Course Student, – 2024.06