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Study Synchrotron Light Technology and Advanced Applications Japan

We seek the 21 Century medicines and the ideal human environment, and approach to the meaning of the living by means of the synchrotron light, and by developing novel instruments using the brilliant far-infrared radiation and a hard x-ray beam produced by the portable synchrotron MIRRORCLE.

Needs and Objectives for the Program

Ritsumeikan University proposes the Life Science of 21st Century, which is the beyond of GENOMICS and PROTEOMICS.  Phenomena of the living cannot be understood by the structure of study alone. It is necessary to study the individual dynamics and behavior of the living specimens in each level such as DNA, protein, virus, cell, creature, human etc. How do they communicate each other? How proteins communicate?   We develop totally new research means for the life science.  These are based on a tabletop synchrotron named gMIRRORCLEh developed by the COE leader, Yamada, which produces x-rays as bright as a large scale synchrotron, and produces IR and FIR rays much brighter than Spring-8. Dynamics of protein in water excited by monochromatic FIR rays are one of our research subjects. We will find the switch for activating the proper functions@of protein. The hard x-ray microscope having a wide view, which is capable of examining cancer cells, will be developed.  Crystallography will be available at small laboratory.  Since MIRRORCLE is an only one facility in the world, The Synchrotron Light Life Science Center will be unique between other COE.

Plan for Formation of Research Center

Our COE program based on an unique portable synchrotron is classified into development of the original methods and instruments to study phenomena of living, research on living species using photon energy, research on living species using photon information, research on living bodies activated by the synchrotron light.

Improvement of MIRRORCLE-20 is the first step for establishing the center.  We will increase the intensity of FIR 10 times, which corresponds to 10W power in the 5 to 15 mm wavelength window. We progress MIRRORCLE-6X construction dedicated to the hard X-ray generation. We start designing protein dynamics research BL using FIR, protein crystallography BL, and hard x-ray microscope and so on.   Based on these advanced means we will start with research on the cancer imaging, borne inspection, structural analysis of the chlorophyll aggregate, and bacteriorhodopsin. We establish the method for environmental and ecological diagnosis using fluorescent x-ray and far infrared radiation

Education Implementation Plan

We establish Synchrotron Light Life Science Center and develop doctor course education programs in this field.  This center has a link to the graduated course in the Departments of Photonics, and of Bioscience and Technology, and the Faculty of Information. COE pioneers must learn the synchrotron light life science in both hard wear and soft wear aspects. Hard wear involves portable synchrotron technology, X-ray optics, FIR optics, x-ray microscope instrumentation, material analysis, X-ray crystallography, FIR-material interaction and so on.  Standard biology technology is of course included.  Soft wear particularly involves protein dynamics, water network structure, and behavior of living species in different stages and so on.  You will see the fusion of biology, chemistry, medicine, physics, and technology in this center.

CONTACT

Professor Hironari Yamada

Department of Photonics

Kinugasa Campus

 56-1 Toji-in Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8577 Japan 

Biwako-Kusatsu Campus 

Noji Higashi 1-chome, 1-1 Kusatsu, 525-8577 Shiga-ken, Japan 

Tel: 077-566-1111

Email: hironari@se.ritsumei.ac.jp

Website: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/se/re/yamadalab/e/home1.htm  

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CONTACT

Professor Hironari Yamada

Department of Photonics

Kinugasa Campus

 56-1 Toji-in Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8577 Japan 

Biwako-Kusatsu Campus 

Noji Higashi 1-chome, 1-1 Kusatsu, 525-8577 Shiga-ken, Japan 

Tel: 077-566-1111

Email: hironari@se.ritsumei.ac.jp

Website:

http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/

se/re/yamadalab/e/home1.htm

 

 
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