Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016|Shinshu Univ

51Department of Applied BiologyOpening up new domains for the utilization of silk materials, especially aim to use in medical area including as material for regenerative medicine I am carrying out research focused on the development of new utilization technology for silk proteins material beyond the use as fabric in apparel. My lab is studying to understand the characteristic natures of silk proteins materials for utilization as medical materials (biomaterials) by cell culture technique, biochemical measurements, and physicochemical analysis of materials, and aim to create new functional silk materials by development of new fabrication technology, chemically and genetically modification technology.After graduating from Kyoto University Graduate School, Professor Tamada worked as a researcher at the Japan Synthetic Rubber Co., Ltd., (now JSR) and at the National Institute of Sericultural and Entomological Sciences (now the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences), during which time he focused on research on the use of silk. He took his current position in 2013, and his area of specialization is biomaterials.The development of materials in support of regenerative medicine is also an important challenge. I expect silk to contribute to treatment as one such material, and I believe that our research will lead to the happiness of many patients.Outlook for research I train students to solve variety kinds of tasks required in society beyond industry boundaries by multi points of view getting through the study in interdisciplinary elds such as engineering, agriculture, and medical sciences. Outlook for students after graduationSponge material made from 100% silk protein (broin). We are currently carrying out research on materials for cartilage regeneration, spinal cord regeneration, and surgical dressings for dicult-to-treat injuries.A domestic silkworm (left) and cocoon (right). The silkworm is a protein factory that eciently produces high-purity silk proteins with low environmental impact.Yasushi TamadaProfessorDepartment of Applied BiologyFactory production of safe and reliable vegetables with high photosynthetic efficiencyPlant growth is limited by light-driven photosynthesis, but photosynthetic energy conversion efficiency is not very high. The goal of our project is to establish an energy-saving plant production system with maximum photosynthetic efficiency for factory use.After completing a research course at the Nagoya University, Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Professor Nozue worked in the Faculty of Science, Shinshu University, then moved internally to the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology. His area of specialization is Plant Cell Physiology.Risks to the stable supply of agricultural products posed by global warming and natural disasters increase the importance of novel food production systems. The challenge is to establish an energy-saving plant growing system.Outlook for researchGraduates are employed in a wide range of jobs, ranging from plant nurseries, food-processing companies, paper, drug pharmaceutical and food distribution industries to education and public service.Outlook for students after graduationWasabi nursery plant production with white LED lightRomaine lettuce production with LED lightResearch Center for Advanced Plant Factory (SU-PLAF)Masayuki NozueProfessor


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