How do we live? How will you live?
Q What was your motivation for joining the program, and what about the program appeals to you?
I found financial support, not just for salaries, but also for various supports for research the most attractive in HWIP. Plus, it is attractive for me to be able to interact with many persons who have each different scientific backgrounds. I was surprised that the different backgrounds could lead to completely different interpretations on a single topic, but it is also fun to exchange each other’s perspectives and form mutual understanding, which in turn motivates my research.
Q What is your expertise and who do you want to develop it with the program?
I study on flexibility in living things by measuring and analyzing changes in intracellular stress distribution using imaging technologies. I am interested in mechano-biology which studies living things viewed as mechanical systems. In this research, it is essential to have a wide range of engineering knowledge and skills, not just biological knowledge. Through the HWIP, I would like to have friends with such backgrounds so that we can perform research that can eventually be applied to our daily life.
Q What are your future dreams and goals?
The living things have very efficient functions that cannot be achieved with conventional mechanical systems. I think if we can understand and reproduce them in artificial systems, it would ultimately lead to more energy efficient society systems which make our living environment richer than now. I believe my research would be able to contribute to the development of mechanical systems mimicking natural systems for that goal.