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Young Researchers

Q1. Please tell us about your current research.
Q2. Please give a message to students.

Kenji SAITO , Ph.D.Associate Professor
Kenji SAITO , Ph.D.
Advanced Materials Science and Technology
Materials Science and Technology

A1. Inorganic solid is an interesting material whose chemical property varies with a little stimulation. Objective of our group is to create an inorganic solid with new functionality, i.e., ceramics. To obtain such material, parameters that include growth mechanism of crystalline solid and quality (crystallinity), shape, and size of the crystal, in addition to proper choice of elements for various applications, must be controlled properly. The targeted inorganic solids are synthesized not only based on inorganic and solid-state chemistry but also by our original technologies that have been developed so far, and they are assessed, for example, as photo- and thermal catalysts. We are interested in manipulating crystal structure of the existing solid for the synthesis of new material with multifunctionality, as well.

A2. I hope that the graduate students continue to pursue creative researches so that they can make the most of their academic life.

Nami MINATO, Ph.D.Assistant Professor
Nami MINATO, Ph.D.
Life and Food Sciences
Agriculture and Bioresources

A1. Today over 700 million people live in poverty in the world. Surprisingly Asia faces greater hunger burden than Africa. To ensure access to sufficient food by all people, I've been working as plant pathologist for reducing crop losses due to plant disease and insect pest, that are approx. 30% of global agricultural productivity. Infection with some of pathogenic viruses and bacteria are not easily prevented since the life cycle of those pathogens is totally dependent on host plants; hence, it is crucial to develop novel control measures. The focus of research in Plant Pathology lab is molecular analysis of desease development and pathogenic mechanisms using diverse approaches.

A2. Graduate students are expected to deepen and broaden their expertise. The research enriches your knowledge, allows you to gain technical skills, and improve your logical thinking and presentation skills. Please don't hesitate to contact the faculty for further information on finances and career options after graduation.

Satomi ISHIZAKI, Ph.D.Assistant Professor
Satomi ISHIZAKI, Ph.D.
Environmental Science and Technology
Natural Environmental Science

A1. In nature, plants adapt themselves to their surroundings with various environmental stress and interference from other species. By combining field investigations, measurements in laboratory and genetic analysis, I am working on the research to reveal the habitat environment of wild plants and their life histories (for example, growth and reproduction schedule). I am also interested in the mechanisms by which plants maintain their growth and reproduction even under the condition with interference from other organisms, such as herbivorous insects. Plant defense strategies against herbivores are various, and can change by the intrinsic factors of plants or the environmental factors. I investigate to reveal the defense strategies of plants growing in various environments, the relations between their defense strategies and their life histories, and the coexistence mechanisms of plant and animals in the wild. I am always impressed when I go field and see the wild plants which vigorously grow even under the stressful environment.

A2. Throughout your graduate school, you can engage with a research theme in several years, not only one year. You may experience success of the experiment and a new discovery as well as failure. All of them will make you grow.