Research Support Activities

Support for Tokyo Tech Advanced Researchers 【STAR】

Overview

By utilizing the Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund, we provide large-scale grants to young researchers grappling with research topics that have the potential to become national projects in the future and to those who have achieved distinguished results in the fundamental sciences. The fund is designed to support these rising stars of the next generation.
STAR began providing support in 2013.

【Selection process】

Based on their career and research achievements, recipients are selected by the president and the director of the Office of Research and Innovation. Individuals cannot apply for this grant.

<Selection criteria>

  1. Young researchers grappling with research topics that have the potential to become national projects in the future
  2. Young researchers who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the fundamental sciences

<Eligibility>

  1. Early-career researchers with the title of associate professor or below (in principle, under the age of 40)
 

Application

Recipients are selected by the president and the director of the Office of Research and Innovation. Individuals cannot apply for this grant.
Every year around January, the director of the Office of Research and Innovation notifies selected researchers of their grants.

FY2020 Grant Recipients

Affiliation Title Name
Department Life Science and Technology,
School of Life Science and Technology
Associate Professor Ayuko HOSHINO
Laboratory for Future Interdisciplinary Research of Science and Technology,
Institute of Innovative Research
Assistant Professor Tomohiro AMEMIYA
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Research overview

星野先生 写真

<Associate Prof. HOSHINO>
【Exosomal proteins in disease: Mechanistic insight and biomarker potential】
Exosomes are nano-sized vesicles that are secreted by all cells. It was first discovered as waste disposal mechanism, however in 2007, secreted exosomes were reported to be incorporated into another cells, revealing a novel function as a cell-cell communication tool. Furthermore, biological information contained in exosomes are reported to reflect the body condition, and is expected to be used as a potential biomarker for many diseases. We have shown that cancer cells prior to arriving at the metastatic organ, send exosomes to the future organ site and change their environment to a favorable one for cancer to successfully metastasize. Through exosome research, we aim to elucidate exosome driven disease pathology and develop novel treatments as well as discovering quantitative biomarkers for diseases that have not been established, such as autism spectrum disorder. In the future, we would like to unravel the role of exosomes in both disease and normal state, and to clarify the physical significance of the information exchange between each cell using exosomes.

 
雨宮先生 写真

<Assistant Prof. AMEMIYA>
【Photonic nanostructures opening up interdisciplinary research fields】
Photonic nanostructures arranged with a certain periodicity enable different types of light manipulation by utilizing the interaction between light and matter inside the structure. To date, various structures have been realized by using nanofabrication technologies for semiconductors and metals. Among these photonic nanostructures, my research focuses on "metamaterials" and "topological photonic crystals". As for metamaterials, I aim to realize new functions, including optical cloaking, by taking advantage of their ability to freely manipulate light in free space. Topological photonic crystals, on the other hand, bring the concept of mathematical topology into the field of light, allowing for the systematic control of the two internal degrees of freedom of light. By applying them to optical communications and spectroscopy, I aim to realize new devices beyond the framework of conventional technologies.

Comment

<Associate Prof. HOSHINO>

It is my pleasure to be selected as a recipient for the "Support for Tokyo-tech Advanced Researchers [STAR]". I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the supporters of the Tokyo Tech Foundation and the members of the selection committee. I believe that there are many researches that can only be pursued with this kind of support. Especially in a novel research field, such as exosome research, where every new step is a challenge, the mind and action “to try" is very important for expanding your research area. In this context, I feel that this support program, which provides financial support with a high degree of flexibility, is truly encouraging us to take the next steps. With this support, I am determined to proceed with exosome research for deciphering future therapeutic potential. I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the faculty members and members of my laboratory who have supported my research life.

<Assistant Prof. AMEMIYA>

I am honored to have been selected for "Support for Tokyo-tech Advanced Researchers (STAR)". I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all the contributors and selection committee members of the Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all the professors and collaborators who supported me, as well as to the laboratory members who are working hard on this research. With this support, I will make further efforts in providing better researches.

Grant Ceremony

(counterclockwise from front left) Kitano, Inagi, EVP for Research Osamu Watanabe, President Kazuya Masu (from left) Assistant Prof. Amemiya, President Kazuya Masu, Associate Prof.Hoshino,
(*Masks taken off only during photography)
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