LIFE IS MADE FROM MATERIALS. THE MAEDA LABORATORY LOCATED IN RIKEN INSTITUTE PROVIDES YOU WITH MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH ENVIRONMENTS TO STUDY BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS SCIENCE.
The biological materials are quite different from metals and inorganic materials but have soft characteristics. Typical examples are proteins and nucleic acids including DNA. Proteins are functional materials working in living systems while nucleic acids act in encoding, transmitting and expressing genetic information. These biological macromolecules are also important outside living bodies. They are useful for diagnostics such as sensing, monitoring, and imaging. We may take advantage of biological materials even for engineering purposes: nanostructured materials may be prepared with the aid of nucleic acids and/or proteins. Development of hybrid materials between artificial and biological is one of the promising ways to utilize biological functions in non-biological fields of science and technology.