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Division of Biological and Medical Fibers

Through partnerships in the medical and engineering industries, the Division of Biological and Medical Fibers aims to put cutting-edge regenerative biological and medical fiber technologies into practical use through the development of novel robot and control technologies.

  • 1. Scanning electron microscopy of electrospun nanofibers prepared from sericin protein, which is a renewable resource in the raw silk production processes.
  • 2. Byssus fiber of a green mussel, Perna viridis, has promising potentials for advanced medical applications.
  • 3. Musculoskeletal robot hand as a testbed for understandings of the human motor functions and for development of the controlling technologies of soft actuators for medical uses.
  • 4. Sponge-like material of pure silk fibroin, which exhibits a high water-absorption capacity and mechanical strength.

Researchers List

Head of the Division of Biological and Medical Fibers
Academic Assembly Professor(Institute of Textile Science and Technology), Ph. D. in Science
Kousaku Ohkawa
Career
1992 Graduated from Department of Functional Polymer Science, Faculty of Textile Science and Technology, Shinshu University
1994 Completed Master’s Program, Functional Polymer Science Course, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Shinshu University
1994 Doctoral Program, Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
1996 Assistant Professor, Synthetic Polymer Division, Institute of High Polymer Research, Faculty of Textile Science and Technology, Shinshu University
1998 Completed Doctoral Program, Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
2003 Associate Professor, Synthetic Polymer Division, Institute of High Polymer Research, Faculty of Textile Science and Technology, Shinshu University
2014 Professor, Division of Biological and Medical Fibers, Institute for Fiber Engineering, Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research
Research Field
Polymer chemistry, Bio-related chemistry, Synthetic chemistry, Polymer/Textile materials
Research Theme
The origin of fiber forming function in the biological polymers are referred to as 'motifs' in the primary sequences of the monomer units. One of the major interest of our project is to seek out the chemical and physical properties of the motifs, including silk and underwater adhesive proteins.
Message
The Division of Biological and Medical Fibers aims to solve global-scale issues and to contribute to society through the development of renewable resources (biological resources, effective use of waste, recycling) and the development of biomedical materials and medical technologies for the aging society.
Academic Assembly Professor (Institute of Textile Science and Technology), Ph. D. in Engineering
Yasushi Tamada
Research Field
Biomaterial, Silk Application
Research Theme
Study for application technology of silk proteins materials in medical area like tissue engineering scaffold by development of fabrication technology like nano-fiber mat using electrospinning technology, and evaluation of biocompatibility and biofunctions such as safety, cell growth and differentiation
Academic Assembly Professor (Institute of Textile Science and Technology), Ph. D. in Engineering
Atsushi Nishikawa
Research Field
Biomedical robotics and computer assisted surgery
Research Theme
(1) Analysis and synthesis of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems with focus on human/robotic hands, (2) Robotics, mechatronics and computer vision technologies for minimally invasive surgery and therapy
Academic Assembly Associate Professor
(Institute of Textile Science and Technology), Ph. D. in Agriculture
Jun Araki
Research Field
Supramolecular chemistry, polysaccharide chemistry, polymer chemistry
Research Theme
We are examining creations of novel functional materials utilizing a polyrotaxane, consisting of PEG and CD, and its derivatives, as well as formation of functional reinforcing fibers from nanowhiskers of cellulose and chitin, whose dispersibility is well controlled by various surface modifications.
Home Page
http://fiber.shinshu-u.ac.jp/arakilab/homepage/Top.html
Academic Assembly Assistant Professor
(Institute of Engineering), Ph. D. in Agriculture
Masahiro Mizuno
Research Field
Applied biochemistry
Research Theme
・Application of bacterial nanocellulose produced by acetic acid bacterium and functional analysis of cellulose biosynthesis
・Structure-function study of plant cell wall degrading enzymes from basidiomycetes and filamentous fungi
Home Page
http://www.shinshu-u.ac.jp/faculty/engineering/chair/chem007/
BOKU, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Thomas Rosenau
Research Field
Cellulose fine chemistry, Analytical chemistry, Precise synthetic chemistry
Research Theme
Cellulose fine chemistry, Analytical chemistry of ageing pulp and paper, Identification of odorous substances and synthesis, etc
Zhejiang Sci-Tech University,(ZSTU), China
Juming Yao
Research Field
Biopolymers, Biocomposites
Research Theme
Silk/cellulose-based biocomposite materials