Keiichi Inoue Lab.

Functional Materials

Research content introduction

Most of living organisms use light to create biological energy and to obtain information of external world for their survival. Among them, various types of photoreceptive proteins play the central role. We especially focus on microbial rhodopsins, the photoreceptive membrane protein in micro-organisms, and aim to elucidate their functional mechanism by means of advanced spectroscopy. Furthermore, based on those insights, we are also trying the development of new molecular tools for optogenetics which is drawing broad attention in recent years.

Message

In our research, we explore the unexploited scientific field by continuous effort and broad interest. There is a romance that unravels things that no one in the world knew.

I specialized in chemistry at university which was the most interesting when I was a high school student. I also favored living things and I wanted to study biomolecules from a physicochemical point of view using lasers for proteins of living organisms. Therefore, I chose the Photo Physical Chemistry laboratory that is doing such research at the graduate school. In our laboratory, since the experimental sample is mainly protein, it cannot be usually purchased. So, I have to make it by genetic engineering technology using E. coli and yeast on our own. We also need to make the sample to be examined by ourselves, and we have to measure it properly, both will be needed. I chose the way of researchers, because I thought that it is a very romantic job to investigate why such a chemical reaction occurs, why such a living thing is alive, the mechanism and to unravel what I do not understand. In order to understand the mechanism of biological molecules of living organisms more than anywhere in the world, I thoroughly think and proceed the research with the aim to attain the level that there is no more.

Student aiming at "AMS"

生きるためのエネルギーを光から作る、色や形を光で見る、複雑な酵素反応を光で制御するなど、生き物の体の中では様々な光を使った機能を持つタンパク質が働いています。私たちはその分子メカニズムを先端的な分光学を用いて解明し、それをもとに優れた分子ツールを作ることを目指した研究を行っています。スタートして間もない研究室ですが、自然界の生き物が持つ、複雑で精緻な世界に興味がある人はぜひ一緒に研究をしませんか。

Member

Associat Professor Keiichi Inoue

Associat Professor Keiichi Inoue

2002
Kobe University, B. S., Chemistry

2007
Kyoto University, Ph. D., Chemistry

2007-2009
Assistant Professor, Chemical Resources Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology

2009-2016
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology

2012-2014
PRESTO researcher, JST

2014-
Present PRESTO researcher, JST

2016-2018
Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of T echnology

2017-
Present Visiting Scientist, Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP), RIKEN

2018
Present Associate Professor, The Institute for Solid State Physics

Contact Us

Keiichi Inoue Lab., Department of Advanced Materials Science,

Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo

5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa-shi, Chiba, 277-8561, Japan

+81-4-7136-3230