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Funding Program for Next Generation World-Leading Researchers

The Funding Program for Next Generation World-Leading Researchers is a research support system (established by the Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office, and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) for researchers who it is expected will be leaders in the world in the future. This program aims to promote middle- and long-term development of national science and technology and contribute to sustainable growth in Japan and to solutions for political and social issues.

Twenty-five researchers at Osaka University have been selected for this program.

 as of October 1, 2012

Green Innovation (Research period -- academic years starting and ending during 2010 ~ 2014)
Core researcher
Position — Faculty or Institute
Research in:
KOBAYASHI Kensuke *8 Professor, Graduate School of Science
Revolutionary devices involving topological insulators.
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ANDO Yoichi *11

 

Professor, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research
Revolutionary devices involving topological insulators.
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UMAKOSHI Hiroshi *7 Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Science
Study of the "Membranome" is expected to be achieved in the 21st century with considerable potential for biomedicine, bioengineering and biomaterials development.
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KIDA Toshiyuki *9 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Developing of novel bio-organisms capable of breaking down and/or absorbing petroleum products.
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SHIMIZU Katsuya Professor, Center for Quantum Science and Technology under Extreme Conditions Superconductivity of elements.
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SUGIMOTO Yoshiaki *1
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Research in simultaneous atomic-force and scanning-tunneling microscopy.
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SEKI Shu
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Design and verification of thyristors and solenoids in organic molecules.
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FUKUI Ken-ichi Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Science
Novel functions at material surfaces or interfaces, particularly on their chemical processes such as reactions, electron/material transfer.
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YANAGIDA Takeshi Associate Professor, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research Green Innovation by advanced device using self-organized oxide nano wires.
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KURISU Genji Professor, Institute for Protein Research Complete understanding of photosynthesis redox metabolic network necessary for creating blue-green algae producing hydrogen from water.
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NOGI Masaya *2
Assistant Professor, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research Development of electronics manufacturing technology with low environmental impact & low temperature by bio-nano fiber print technology.
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OKUBO Noriko Professor, Graduate School of Law and Politics Collaborative innovation to create sustainable society -- realizing Aarhus 3 principles in Japan.

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Life Innovation (Research period: 2010 - 2014)
Core researcher Position — Faculty or Institute Research in:
OGI Hirotsugu Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Science  Creating a ultra high sensitivity oscillator biosensor realizing innovation for diagnosis and drug discovery.
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TATENO Takashi *4 Specially appointed Associate Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences
Basic system integration for micro implant in auditory center nerves
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NAKANO Takayoshi *10
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Bone biomaterial science and bone orientation control learning from bone nano-structure.
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FUJITA Katsumasa Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Development of molecular super-resolution imaging technology for bio-medical data analysis.
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FUJIMOTO Yukari Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science Chemical synthesis and functional analysis of microorganism-derived chemical compounds controlling immune system; discovery of new functional molecules.
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MATSUSAKI Michiya Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Creating innovative human normal and disease models controlling 3D structure on the cell level.
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MUKAIGAWA
Yasuhiro
*13
Associate Professor, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research Visualization of three-dimensional structure of human body by computational photography.
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KUMANOGOH Atsushi *3
Professor, Graduate School of Medicine
Studies on mechanisms of cell migration and vesicular transport by semaphorin.
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SHINOHARA Miki Associate Professor, Institute for Protein Research Basic research about a formation process of gamete heteroploid to avoid abortion risk.
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TAKASHIMA Seiji *12 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Medicine Search for therapeutic targets in cardiovascular disease using organ characteristics and clinical implications.
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NISHINO Kunihiko Associate Professor, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research Studies on counteracting against multidrug resistance and virulence by drug efflux pumps and development of new therapies.
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HASHIMOTO Hitoshi Associate Professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences 
Construction and analysis of mental disease-associated genes and environment interaction dynamics.
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FUJINAGA Yukako *5
Specially Appointed Professor, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases Studies on mechanisms of botulinum complex toxin invasion and application for mucosal vaccine delivery.
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MIKI Hiroaki *6 Professor, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases Studies on regulation of intracellular Mg2+ and cancer malignant transformation signal.
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Notes:

Positions and faculties/institutes noted above for all researchers reflect current situations. Positions and place of employ at the time of selection --February 10, 2011-- are/were as noted below:

  1. -- SUGIMOTO Yoshiaki: Specially Appointed Instructor
  2. -- NOGI Masaya: Associate Professor
  3. -- KUMANOGOH Atsushi: Research Institute for Microbial Diseases
  4. -- TATENO Takashi: Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Science
  5. -- FUJINAGA Yukako: Specially Appointed Associate Professor
  6. -- MIKI Hiroaki: Institute for Protein Research
  7. -- UMAKOSHI Hiroshi: Associate Professor
  8. -- KOBAYASHI Kensuke: Associate Professor, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University; position ended on June 27, 2013.
  9. --  KIDA Toshiyuki: Project has finished.
  10. --  NAKANO Takayoshi: Project has been discontinued.
  11. --  ANDO Yoichi: Project has been discontinued.
  12. --  TAKASHIMA Seiji: Associate Professor, Graduate School of Medicine
  13. --  MUKAIGAWA Yasuhiro: Nara Institute of Science and Technology

Related links

Funding Program for Next Generation World-Leading Researchers (NEXT Program) -- Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Researchers and Research Projects under NEXT Program --  Cabinet Office

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