Tohoku University. Research Profiles

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[Kansei]

Food Palatability, Product Usability, and Preference; An Approach from Psychology and Neuroscience.

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My research interest is peoples' perception of external stimulus. Based on these researches and our knowledge, I can offer you an idea of the products that give consumers satisfaction. Also on the basis of psychological and neuro-scientifc experiences and knowledges, I can offer you a transdisciplinary approaches on human perception, cognition, emotion and decision making.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

Marketing and developing of the products such as foods, beverages, fabric softeners, perfumes, body deodorants etc. The knowledges and research tools are also useful in regulating the malodor in the air pollution, in developing the public services and in elevating public quality of life.

Department of Psychology, Graduate School of Arts and Letters
SAKAI Nobuyuki, Professor PhD of Human Sciences

[Kinetics]

Eco-Material Processing

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The major subject of our group is ferrous process metallurgy including thermodynamics of metals, alloys and molten slags, high temperature heterogeneous kinetics, phase equilibria of complex oxide systems and so on. We are interested in physic-chemical fundamentals of processing of metals, slags, scrap and waste. Recently our research interests are extended to multidisciplinary area so-called "Industrial Ecology" by the combination of process metallurgy, LCA (life cycle assessment) and social science such as econometrics.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

Typically our research group is aggressively working in the area of material flow analysis of critical metals considering the quality of recycled materials. Currently our major research partners are steel and non-ferrous industries, while we do hope to collaborate with waste treatment company, mineral industry and an administrative organ.

Department of Metallurgy, Graduate School of Engineering
NAGASAKA Tetsuya, Professor Doctor of Engieering

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[karman and samsara]

Religion, language, society, and life in ancient India

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Faculty of Arts and Letters
NISHIMURA Naoko, Associate Professor Doctor of Philosophy

[keratinocytes]

Regulation of TSLP Production in Keratinocytes

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Thymic stromal lymphopoietin(TSLP)has been focused as a master switch for allergy. We established a mouse keratinocyte cell line which constitutively and highly produces TSLP. This cell line will be useful to find the inhibitor of TSLP production and to study biochemical features of production and action of TSLP. The inhibitor of TSLP production might be used as an external or an inhalation drug, indicating low probability of causing a decrease in immune competence.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

By using this cell line, we expect we can conduct effective collaborative research in medical fields. For examples, the cell line is useful for analysis of TSLP production and functions, development of inhibitors of TSLP production, and detection of immunotoxic compounds.

Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
HIRASAWA Noriyasu, Professor PhD

[koji-mold]

Development of Production System of Valuable Proteins Using a Koji-Mold, Aspergillus Oryzae, as a Host

Features

Because a koji-mold, Aspergillus oryzae, has an ability to secret a higher amount of proteins and is regarded as a safe microorganism, it has been expected as a promising host for production of useful proteins derived from plants and animals. However, Aspergillus oryzae produces various proteolytic enzymes that could degrade heterologous proteins produced, and hence we constructed mutant strains in which a transcription factor gene involved in proteolytic enzyme production was disrupted. In addition, codon optimization of heterologous gene resulted in a significant increase in the stability of heterologous gene transcripts. These attempts would lead to an increase in the amount of valuable proteins produced.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

The technology could be applied to the high-level production of pharmaceutical proteins and industrially useful enzymes. We look forward to developing the collaborative project with enzyme and pharmaceutical industries.

Graduate School of Agricultural Science
GOMI Katsuya, Professor PhD