Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere

Members of the RISH and their profiles

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Division of Diagnostics and Control of the Humanosphere

Laboratory of Biomass Morphogenesis and Information

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We investigate the biological mechanisms for how nature constructs and controls the structural complexities of woody biomass. Interdisciplinary research is conducted by scrutinizing information encoded in wood and compiling traditional species-specific wood uses.

junji_sugiyama Junji Sugiyama
Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (The Univ. of Tokyo)

Structure and properties of biomaterials

Quantitative morphology and wood informatics

Xylarium curation and comparative wood anatomy

  • Structure and properties of biomaterials
  • Quantitative morphology and wood informatics
  • Xylarium curation and comparative wood anatomy

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tomoya_imai

Tomoya Imai
Associate Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

  • Biochemistry of membrane proteins for biomass formation/degradation
  • Inter-disciplinary research of biochemistry and electron microscopy

  • Wood anatomy in from a life sciences viewpoint

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kei-ichi_baba Kei’ichi Baba
Assistant Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
  • Physiological mechanisms of wood formation and xylem differentiation
  • Gravitropism and expression of xylem properties in woody plants

  • Functions of polysaccharides in plant cell walls

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suyako_tazuru Suyako Tazuru
Assistant Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
  • Chemometric approaches for wood identification
  • Wood heritage database construction

  • Dendroclimatology and dendrochronology

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Laboratory of Biomass Conversion

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We contribute to establishment of sustainable humanosphere through fundamental and applied studies on conversion of lignocellulosic biomass, functional analysis of biomass-degrading microorganisms and enzymes, advanced structural analysis of plant cell wall components and bioremediation.

takashi_watanabe Takashi Watanabe
Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
  • Biodegradation mechanisms of selective white rot fungi
  • Conversion of biomass into functional materials and biofuels

  • Studies on biocatalysts for biomass conversion

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takahito_watanabe Takahito Watanabe
Assistant Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyushu Univ.)
  • Proteomics of white rot fungi
  • Genomics of xenobiotic-degrading bacteria

  • Biotechnology for bioremediation

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hiroshi_nishimura Hiroshi Nishimura
Assistant Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
  • High-resolution structural analysis of lignocellulosic biomass
  • Biodegradation mechanisms of wood-decaying basidiomycetes

  • Structure and bioactivity analyses of natural products

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Laboratory of Metabolic Science of Forest Plants and Microorganisms

Using ideas and approaches based on chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and genomic sciences, we study the structure, formation, and engineering of plant secondary metabolites that constitute an important part of forest biomass.

toshiaki_umezawa Toshiaki Umezawa
Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
  • Mechanisms for phenylpropanoid biosynthesis
  • Molecular mechanisms for lignin biosynthesis

  • Molecular breeding of biomass plants for a sustainable society

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yuki_tobimatsu Yuki Tobimatsu
Associate Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
  • Structure and formation of plant cell walls
  • Lignin chemistry and biochemistry

  • Molecular breeding of biomass crops

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shiro_suzuki Shiro Suzuki
Assistant Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
  • Regulatory mechanisms of gene expression in wood formation
  • Control of wood formation by molecular breeding

  • Molecular mechanisms of plant phenylpropanoid biosynthesis

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masaomi_yamamura Masaomi Yamamura,

Assistant Professor

  • Physiological function of lignin in animal food
  • Characterization of lignocellulose in energy biomass crops

  • Stereochemical mechanisms of norlignan biosynthesis

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Laboratory of Plant Gene Expression

The molecular functions of valuable genes from plants and other relevant organisms are genetically and biochemically studied. We also aim to integrate utilization of the studied useful genes for human life.

kazufumi_yazaki Kazufumi Yazaki
Professor
Dr. Pharm. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
  • Study and engineering of plant secondary metabolism
  • Transport mechanisms of functional small molecules in plants

  • Physiological functions of ABC transporters in plants


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akifumi_sugiyama Akifumi Sugiyama
Associate Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
  • Metabolites involved in rhizosphere interactions
  • Expression and functional analysis of membrane transporters

  • Metabolic engineering in plants and microalgae

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Hiroaki Kusano
Assistant Professor / Dr. Eng. (Tokyo Univ. Sci.)
  • Gene discovery for metabolic engineering in plants

  • Plant molecular genetics and genome editing

  • Molecular breeding for industrial plant metabolite production

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Laboratory of Atmospheric Sensing and Diagnosis

We study and diagnose Earth’s atmosphere through accurate, long-term and comprehensive sensing using radio, light, and sound waves. We also develop various radio-optical atmospheric probing techniques, such as radar, lidar, and GNSS meteorology.

jun-ichi_furumoto Jun-ichi Furumoto
Assistant Professor
Dr. Infor. (Kyoto Univ.)
  • Development of innovative remote-sensing methods

  • Implementation of high-performance Coherent Doppler Lidar

  • Observational and situational elucidation of severe weather

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masanori_yabuki Masanori Yabuki
Assistant Professor
Dr. Sci. (Chiba Univ.)
  • Observational study of aerosol optical properties
  • Development of lidar techniques for atmospheric measurements

  • Height-resolved observations of atmospheric constituents

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Laboratory of Atmospheric Environmental Information Analysis

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Atmospheric conditions are monitored and diagnosed on the basis of synthetic analyses of global environmental information obtained from satellite observations, complementary ground-based observations, and laboratory experiments.

masato_shiotani Masato Shiotani
Professor
Dr. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)
  • Analyses of global atmospheric information observed by satellites
  • Troposphere-stratosphere exchange processes

  • Observations of minor atmospheric constituents in the tropics

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kenshi_takahashi Kenshi Takahashi
Associate Professor
Dr. Sci. (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Atmosphere-biosphere interactions through trace gas exchange
  • Creation of laser-based methods for atmospheric observation

  • Laboratory study on chemical reactions of gases and aerosol

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Laboratory of Radar Atmospheric Science

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Experimental research on the dynamics and electrodynamics, especially vertical coupling processes, of the Earth’s atmosphere, through the development of advanced atmospheric radars from VHF to millimeter-wave band, such as the MU radar in Shigaraki and the Equatorial Atmosphere Radar (EAR) in Indonesia.

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Mamoru Yamamoto
Professor
Dr. Eng. (Kyoto Univ.)

  • Ionospheric irregularity
  • Atmospheric turbulence layers with radar interferometry techniques

  • Atmospheric radar systems

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hiroyuki_hashiguchi

Hiroyuki Hashiguchi
Associate Professor
Dr. Eng. (Kyoto Univ.)

  • Development of advanced atmospheric measurement techniques
  • Observational study of the equatorial atmosphere using the EAR

  • Observational study of lower atmosphere dynamics

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toshitaka_tsuda Toshitaka Tsuda
Professor
Dr. Eng. (Kyoto Univ.)
  • Development

    Observation techniques of the Earth’s atmosphere

  • Middle atmosphere sciences

  • Monitoring the atmosphere environment with GNSS

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Laboratory of Fiber Multiplication

We target creation of smart materials responding to environment and external conditions by functionalization of fibrous materials around us and its conjugation with materials of different properties.

Satoko Okubayashi

Satoko Okubayashi
 Professor/Dr. Agric. Sci. (Fukui University)

  • Smart fiber materials
  • Processing with high energy charged particle beams
  • Impregnation technique using supercritical fluid
 

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Division of Strategic Research of the Humanosphere

Laboratory of Ecosystem Management and Conservation Ecology

Invasive species are known as one of the greatest threats to the humanosphere.
To maintain humanosphere sustainability, our primary research focus involves
understanding the ecology of invasive species, addressing ecological impacts and
transforming fundamental findings into efficient management strategies.

Chin-ChenYang

Chin-Cheng Yang
Junior Associate Professor/
Ph.D. (National Taiwan University)

  • Ecology, genetics and adaptation of invasive species
  • Invasive species responses under climate change
  • Assessment and management of invasive species
 

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Laboratory of Advanced Research

National visiting professorship for advanced research closely related to the Missions.

Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Research

International visiting professorship for interdisciplinary research among the spheres constituting humanosphere.

Laboratory of Integrated Research

International visiting professorship for integrating various research on humanosphere.

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Division of Creative Research and Development of Humanosphere

Laboratory of Active Bio-based Materials

We aim for the innovation of a variety of advanced processing technologies and functional materials related to sustainable bioresources, such as wood, based on the fundamental study of their physical properties and control mechanisms.

hiroyuki_yano

Hiroyuki Yano
Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

  • Production and utilization of cellulose nanofibers
  • Enhancement of wood properties

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kentaro_abe

Kentaro Abe
Associate Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Nagoya Univ.)

  • Characterization and advanced application of cellulose & chitin
  • Effective utilization of plant residues and waste

  • Wood physics and cell wall structure

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fumiaki_nakatsubo

Fumiaki Nakatsubo
Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

  • Synthetic organic chemistry and woody biomass constituents
  • Chemical structure-property relationships of woody biomass

  • Lignin-carbohydrate complex (LCC) bonding sites

Akimitsu_Usuki

Arimitsu Usuki
Professor
Dr. Eng. (Nagoya Univ.)

  • Preparation of Polymer/cellulose nanofiber(CNF)composites
  • Application of plant nanomaterials for automobiles

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Laboratory of Sustainable Materials

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To establish sustainable forest and forest product cycles, new woodbased materials in harmony with the global and regional environment are studied by developing production, utilization and recycling/disposal systems for wood biomass.

kozo_kanayama

Kozo Kanayama
Professor
Dr. Eng. (Osaka Univ.)

  • Deformation processing of wood into complicated shapes
  • Impregnation techniques for highly functional wood quality

  • Nonequilibrium states of wood-based materials

kenji_umemura

Kenji Umemura
Associate Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

  • Development of natural adhesives for wood
  • Development of new wood-based materials

  • Degradation and durability of wood adhesive

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Laboratory of Structural Function

We estimate the strength properties of wood-based structural materials and pursue advances in engineered timber joints. We also evaluate and analyze the structural performance of wooden sub-assemblies and wooden structures in order to improve their safety performance in the event of earthquakes or/and strong winds.Division of Creative Research and Devlopment of the Humanosphere

isoda

Hiroshi Isoda
Professor
Dr. Eng. (The Univ. of Tokyo)

  • Development of mid-rise, multi-story large-scale wooden buildings
  • Structural design and performance evaluation of construction with

    timber-based composite materials

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akihisa_kitamori

Akihisa Kitamori
Assistant Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

  • Evaluation of traditional wooden structures
  • Investigation of the load-carrying mechanisms of wooden connections

  • R&D for the utilization of softwood timbers as structural elements

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Laboratory of Innovative Humano-habitability

To establish the society with resource recycle system in the future humanosphere, fundamental and innovative investigations on natural and urban/housing ecosystem will be conducted with emphasis on the symbiotic relations with forest and wood resources. The conversion of wood biomass to fuel, chemicals or advanced carbon materials using thermochemical technologies is also studied.

tsuyoshi_yoshimura

Tsuyoshi Yoshimura
Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

  • Feeding physiology and ecology of wood-attacking insects
  • Diversity of wood-deteriorating organisms in the humanospere

  • New energy options using wood-deteriorating organisms

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toshimitsu_hata

Toshimitsu Hata
Junior Associate Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyoto Univ.)

  • Development of functional carbonized wood
  • Development of useful chemicals with thermal conversion

  • Analysis of carbon materials with electron microscopy

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aya_yanagawa

Aya Yanagawa
Assistant Professor
Dr. Agric. Sci. (Kyushu Univ.)

  • Insect pathology

  •  

    Insect behavior and communication in disease resistance

  • Environmental sanitation and microbial control

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Laboratory of Computer Simulation for Humanospheric Sciences

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We evaluate electromagnetic environments in natural space plasmas, as well as those around the spacecraft itself by taking full advantage of supercomputer resources. We also perform computer simulations of the cycle of materials in the humanosphere, in order to predict possible future variations.

yoshiharu_omura

Yoshiharu Omura
Professor
Dr. Eng. (Kyoto Univ.)

  • Computer experiments on nonlinear wave-particle interactions in space plasmas
  • Computer experiments on the spacecraft environment

  • Computer simulations of material cycling in the humanosphere

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yusuke_ebihara

Yusuke Ebihara
Associate Professor
Dr. Sci (Grad. Univ. Adv. Studies)

  • Ring current and radiation belt simulations
  • Magnetic storm and substorm simulations

  • Solar wind-ground coupling simulations

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Laboratory of Applied Radio Engineering for Humanosphere

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We pursue research to wireless power transfer via microwave not only toward Solar Power Satellites/Station (SPS) but also various applications through microwave applied engeering for the humanosphere.

naoki_shinohara

Naoki Shinohara
Professor
Dr. Eng. (Kyoto Univ.)

  • Solar-Powered Station/Satellite (SPS)
  • Wireless power transfer via radio waves

  • Microwave-applied technology

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tomohhiko_mitani

Tomohiko Mitani
Associate Professor
Dr. Eng. (Kyoto Univ.)

  • Wireless power transmission
  • Microwave chemical processing
  • Solar-power station/satellite (SPS)

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junji_miyakoshi

Junji Miyakoshi
Professor
Dr. Med. (Osaka City Univ.)

  • Bioelectromagnetics
  • Wireless power transfer
  • Radiation biology

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yohei_ishikawa

Yohei Ishikawa
Professor
Dr. Eng. (Tohoku Univ.)

  • Wireless Power Transmission
  • Dielectric Resonator & Filter
  • Microwave Antenna
shin_koyama

Sin Koyama
Lecturer
Dr. Human and Environmental Studies (Kyoto Univ.)

  • Bioelectromagnetics and radiation biology
  • Health effects of electromagnetic fields at the cellular and genetic levels

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Laboratory of Space Systems and Astronautics

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In order to maintain and expand space infrastructure vital for the humanosphere, we investigate the space environment via satellite observation, theory, and computer simulations that are based on space engineering and radio engineering. We also investigate approaches to tackle space-derived crises, such as space debris issues and hazardous asteroids.

hiroshi_yamakawa

Hiroshi Yamakawa
Professor
Dr. Eng. (The Univ. of Tokyo)

  • Space systems and astronautics
  • Space environments and applications for space missions

  • Space debris and hazardous asteroids

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hirotsugu_kojima

Hirotsugu Kojima
Associate Professor
Dr. Eng. (Kyoto Univ.)

  • Exploration of space electromagnetic environments
  • Miniaturization of onboard instruments for space missions

  • Electromagnetic compatibility in spacecraft

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yoshikatsu_ueda

Yoshikatsu Ueda
Assistant Professor
Dr. Infor. (Kyoto Univ.)

  • Research for Fukushima reconstruction
  • Electrical and electrochemical properties of fine bubbles

  • Basic properties oft proton-conducting material

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Technical Staff

hajime_sorimachi

Hajime Sorimachi
Technical Staff

  • Wood diversity database management
  • Xylarium technical management

  • Cooperative research support and publicity

 

 

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