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We have launched a brand new Chemical Biology Lab at Shinshu University!

Our research interests focus on the problems that lie at the interface of organic chemistry and biology. We are particularly interested in the areas such as molecular recognition and its application to structure-based design of synthetic agents and chemical tools that are applicable for better understanding important biological processes. We are working to design molecules ranging from low-molecular-weight enzyme inhibitors to mid-sized agents for disrupting and detecting protein-protein interactions. Peptides, peptidomimetics, metal complexes, and natural products are of interest as the building blocks for both rational and semi-focused combinatorial approaches for the molecular design.


FBC letters


· Oct-1-2019: New junior students, Hironaru Kiriyama, Naomi Horiuchi, and Emi Yamashita, just joined the group. Welcome!

· Sep-12-2019: Our paper of the dual PPI inhibitors for K-Ras has been published online in Chem. Eur. J., highlighting in the Cover. For more details, please see https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.201903846
· This article was featured at: https://phys.org/news/2019-09-hook-on-drugs-delivery-strategy-k-ras.html

· Sep-05-2019: Prof. Bengang Xing (Nangyang Tech Univ.) and Prof. Takeaki Ozawa (Univ. Tokyo) will be visiting us for the Seminar on Oct-02-2019. The sminar will start at 4pm at No. 11. room. Please come and join us!

· Here is the detail of Prof.Hiroaki Suga's lecture at The 6th Chemical Biology Seminar. Please come and join us!

· Nov-23-2018: Prof. Qing Lin (State Univ. New York Buffalo) will be coming to Ina for seminar on Dec-4-2018, 4pm at room #13. The title of his talk is "Reactivity-Based Chemical Tools for Biomedical Research". Pleaes come and join us!

· Nov-16-2018: Our recent paper has been highlighted in a news article: See EurekAlert.

· Nov-1-2018: Prof. Hiroaki Suga (The University of Tokyo) will be coming for 6th INA Chemical Biology Seminar on Friday July 26th, 2019! Please mark out your calender and join us!

· Oct-1-2018: Shota Igaue, Fumitoshi Sugino, and Kenta Tanaka joined our group. Welcome!

· Here is the detail of Prof. Minoru Yoshida's lecture at The 4th Chemical Biology Seminar. Please come and join us!
> We appreciate that many people came!

·Prof. Fumi Nagatsugi from Tohoku University will be visiting us for seminar on May 11th. She will tell us about selective chemical modification of nucleic acids to control their functions. Please come and meet with her!

·Prof. Minoru Yoshida from RIKEN will be joining us for The 4th Chemical Biology Seminar on Friday July 20th, 2018. More details to follow.

·The 3rd Chemical Biology Seminar will be held on March 2nd, 2018, featuring Prof. Koichi Fukase of Osaka University and Prof. Hitoshi Ishida of Kitasato University. Please come and join us!
> Thanks for coming and for actively participating the discussion.

· Prof.Andrew Wilson of The University of Leeds, UK is coming to join us for Advanced Life Science on Thursday October 5th, 4:30pm at RM #26. The title of his seminar is "Understanding and manipulating protein-protein interactions using biomimetic approaches". Everyone is welcome to join us.

· Prof. Satomi Niwayama of Muroran Institute of Technology is coming and join us for Advanced Life Science on Tuesday December 26th, 9 am at RM #12. She will share with us the exciting story of her carrier both in the US and Japan. Anyone who is interested in studying abroad, please join us!

· For The 2nd Chemical Biology Seminar, which will be held on November 1st, 2017, we will feature Prof. Jun-ichi Kobayashi from Hokkaido University and discuss natural product chemical biology. Please come and join us!

· Oct. 1st, 2017: The first students of Ohkanda Lab came to join J.O.! Welcome, Yusuke Hosoya, Ryoma Masuda, and Yosei Nagaoka!

· The first Chemical Biology Seminar will be held on July 14, 2017 at 2:40pm in room 26 at Ina campus. No resistration is required. Graduate and undergraduate students are welcome!
> Thanks for coming and for actively participating the discussion!

  • Contact

    Junko Ohkanda

    Academic Assembly, Institute of Agriculture
    Shinshu University
    834 Minami-Minowa, Kami-Ina, Nagano 399-4598, Japan

    Email: johkanda[at]shinshu-u.ac.jp
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