Centers & Labs

RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science

Emergent Bioengineering Materials Research Team

Team Leader: Yoshihiro Ito (D.Eng.)
Yoshihiro  Ito(D.Eng.)

Advanced materials composed of biological and artificial components are synthesized for development of environmentally friendly energy collection and conversion systems. By combination of organic synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry, and biotechnology, novel material synthesis using biological and artificial elements, their chemical fabrication, and the characterization of the interfaces between biological and artificial elements for highly efficient energy collection and conversion are investigated.

Main Research Field

Materials Sciences

Related Research Fields

Engineering / Chemistry / Biology & Biochemistry / Multidisciplinary

Research Subjects

  • Nano biocomposite materials
  • Environmentally friendly emergent materials
  • Emergent materials for energy collection and conversion

Selected Publications

  1. Zang, Q., Tada, S., Uzawa, T., Kiga, D., Yamamura, M. and Ito, Y.:
    "Two site genetic incorporation of varying length polyethylene glycol into the backbone of one peptide"
    Chem. Commun., 51, 14385-14388 (2015)
  2. Zhou, Y., Mao, H., Joddar, B., Umeki, N., Yasushi Sako, Y., Wada, K., Nishioka, C., Takahashi, E., Wang, Y. and Ito Y.:
    "The significance of membrane fluidity of feeder cell-derived substrates for maintenance of iPS cell stemness"
    Sci. Rep., 5, 11386 (2015)
  3. Li, Z., Kameda, T., Isoshima, T., Kobatake, E., Tanaka, T., Ito, Y. and Kawamoto, M.:
    "Solubilization of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes using a Peptide Aptamer in Water below Critical Micelle Concentration"
    Langmuir, 31, 3482-3488 (2015)
  4. Seo, S., Onizuka, K., Nishioka, C., Takahashi, E., Tsuneda, S., Abe, H. and Ito, Y.:
    "Phosphorylated 5-ethynyl-2’-deoxyuridine for advanced DNA labeling"
    Org. Biomol. Chem., 13, 4589-4595 (2015)
  5. Joddar, B., Nishioka, C., Takahashi, E.,and Ito, Y.:
    "Chemically fixed autologous feeder cell-derived niche for human induced pluripotent stem cell culture"
    J. Mater. Chem. B, 3, 2301-2307, (2015)
  6. Manandhar, Y., Tara B.K.C., Wang, W., Uzawa, T., Aigaki, T. and Ito, Y.:
    "In vitro selection of a peptide aptamer that changes fluorescence in response to verotoxin"
    Biotechnol. Lett., 37(3), 619-625 (2015)
  7. Tada, S., Zang, Q., Wang, W., Kawamoto, M., Liu, M., Iwashita, M., Uzawa, T., Kiga, D., Yamamura, M. and Ito, Y.:
    "In vitro selection of a photoresponsive peptide aptamer to glutathione-immobilized microbeads"
    J. Biosci. Bioeng., 119, 137-139 (2015)
  8. Zhou, X., Park, S.-H., Mao, H., Isoshima, T., Wang, Y., and Ito, Y.:
    "Nanolayer formation on titanium by phosphonated gelatin for cell adhesion and growth enhancement"
    Int. J. Nanomed., 10, 5597-5607 (2015)
  9. Zhu, L., Wang, W., Zhao, H., Xu, M., Tada, S., Uzawa, T., Liu, M. and Ito, Y.:
    "Dual functional peptide carrying in vitro selected catalytic and binding activities"
    Org. Biomol. Chem., 13, 9808 - 9812 (2015)
  10. Abe, N., Matsumoto, K., Nishihara, M., Nakano, Y., Shibata, A., Maruyama, H., Shuto, S., Matsuda, A., Yoshida, M., Ito, Y. and Abe, H.:
    "Circle Translation of Circular RNA in Living Human Cells"
    Sci. Rep., 5, 16435 (2015)

Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Yoshihiro Ito
Team Leader

Core Members

Takanori Uzawa
Senior Research Scientist
Masuki Kawamoto
Senior Research Scientist
Seiichi Tada
Research Scientist
Motoki Ueda
Research Scientist
Siyoong Seo
Postdoctoral Researcher
Hiroshi Abe
Senior Visiting Scientist
Yoshihito Osada
Senior Visiting Scientist
Ichiro Yamashita
Senior Visiting Scientist
Kyoji Hagiwara
Visiting Scientist
Hsiao-hua Yu
Visiting Scientist
Wei Wang
Visiting Scientist
Zha Li
Visiting Scientist
Sivakumar Malliappan Ponnurengam
Visiting Scientist
Di Zhou
Visiting Scientist
Tara Bahadur KC
Junior Research Associate
Yun Heo
Junior Research Associate
Krishnachary Salikolimi
Junior Research Associate
Fathy Hassan
Junior Research Associate
Md.Mofizur Rahman
Junior Research Associate
Stefan Mueller
Xueli Ren
Noriko Minagawa
Technical Staff I
Izumi Kono
Technical Staff I

Contact information

501, Cooperation Center, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan
Tel: +81-(0)48-467-5809
Fax: +81-(0)48-467-9300

Email: y-ito [at]

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