Center for Molecular Systems; Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering
819-0395, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka,
Akihiro Kishimura was born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan in 1977. He received his B.S. degree under the supervision of Prof. Masanobu Hidai from the University of Tokyo in 2000, and his PhD degree of engineering under the supervision of Prof. Takuzo Aida from the University of Tokyo in 2005. He joined the research group of Prof. Kazunori Kataoka in 2005 as a postdoctoral researcher, and became an assistant professor in Department of Materials Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo in 2006. Then, he moved to Kyushu University as an associate professor in 2013. He was a recipient of the Award for Encouragement of Research in Polymer Science from The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (2010), the Takagi award at the 20th Inteligent Materials/Systems Symposium, the best presentation award at the 18th Polymer Material Forum (2009), and several other awards. His research focuses on the synthesis and structural analysis of polymeric nano-/micro-structures especially in aqueous media based on supramolecular approaches. Also, his group have developed novel materials, particularly for biomedical applications, such as biocompatible nano-devices for targeted drug delivery system (DDS), stimuli sensitive particles for advanced DDS, novel nano-structured microcapsules and so on. Very recently, his group has developed new strategy of protein delivery system and enzyme-based nano-reactors for therapeutic applications, and have tried to pioneer the material-based physiology to overcome the present limitations of drug therapy.