Akimitsu Okamoto Professor
Satoshi Yamaguchi Associate Professor
Kunihiko Morihiro Assistant Professor
Takafumi Furuhata Assistant Professor
Borderless research between organic chemistry and life sciences with "biomacromolecular design" as a keyword:
We actively introduce the concepts of organic chemistry to the fields of biology, genetics, and pharmacology. By creating new chemical reactions and designing new functional biomacromolecules, we will understand the role of individual atoms constituting biomacromolecules in biological phenomena, and apply this understanding to the design of new drugs.
Creating Nucleic Acids
Many chemical modifications are given to nucleic acids, both naturally and artificially. Our goal is to obtain innovative nucleic acid drugs by understanding and maximizing their functions chemically.
We chemically synthesize small proteins such as histones and ubiquitin, which are essential in the regulation of cellular functions. Our goal is to obtain novel molecules to control the function of intracellular molecules by adding artificial functions to synthetic proteins.
We create the molecular systems to visualize the crosstalk between cells. Our goal is to create a platform to observe the individual characteristics of cells and to discover rare cells that exhibit special functions.