WPI Nano Life Science Institute, Kanazawa University


Joint UBI-NanoLSI workshop

Organizers: K. Kaneko, N. Kodera, A. Mikhailov, S. Okuda, S. Sawai


Jointly organized by Universal Biology Institute (U.Tokyo) and the Nano Life Science Institute (Kanazawa Univ), this workshop aims at bringing together researchers from the two institutes to review progress in understanding physics of biological cells. Current topics on the dynamics with biological functions ranging from the level of single biomolecules, individual biological cells to multicellular systems will be discussed. The workshop will focus on both experimental and theoretical aspects.

UBI, the University of Tokyo: http://park.itc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/UBI/index_e.html
NanoLSI, Kanazawa University: https://nanolsi.kanazawa-u.ac.jp/en/


Date: November 19-21, 2019

Venue: G15 Conference Room, Natural Science and Technology Library Hall,  Kanazawa University, Kakuma-machi,  Kanazawa 920-1192



Application  Schedule  Speakers and talks  Access  Contact



If you want to attend this workshop, please register online below until November 10.
Because of the limited conference room capacity, some applications could be declined.
The workshop will not have a poster session.






13:00 – 14:45 NanoLSI laboratories tour
14:45 – 15:00 Registration
15:00 – 15:15 Opening address: T. Fukuma
15:15 – 16:00 K. Kaneko
16:00 – 16:30 N. Kodera
16:30 – 16:50 Coffee break
16:50 – 17:20 J. Yajima
17:20 – 17:50 H. Flechsig
17:50 – 18:20 Q.-Y. Tang



9:00 –  9:30 Y. Okada
9:30 – 10:00 A. Sumino
10:00 – 10:30 K. X. Ngo
10:30 – 11:00 H. Higuchi
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:00 M. Shibata
12:00 – 12:30 C. Watanabe
12:30 – 13:00 S. Watanabe
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:00 S. Sawai
15:00 – 15:30 H. Kitahata
15:30 – 16:00 S. Okuda
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:00 Y. Takahashi
17:00 – 17:30 M. Penedo Garcia
17:30 – 18:00 T. Sumikama
19:00 – 22:00 Dinner



9:00 –  9:30 C. Beta
9:30 – 10:00 Y. Wakamoto
10:00 – 10:30 T. Hatakeyama
10:30 – 11:00 S. Ito
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:00 A. Mikhailov
12:00 – 12:30 S. Ishihara
12:30 – 13:00 C. Franz
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:30 K. Uriu
14:30 – 15:00 Y. Koyano
15:00 – 15:30 M. Sato
15:30 Closing


Speakers and talks


Speaker Affiliation Title
Carsten Beta Potsdam Univ. Cortical actin waves as driving elements of cytofission
Holger Flechsig NanoLSI Modeling of myosin V motor dynamics to understand high-speed AFM observations
Clemens Franz NanoLSI Mapping adhesion and elasticity changes in tissues during the transition from collective to single-cell migration
Marcos Penedo García NanoLSI Nanoendoscopy AFM: opening a window into the cell
Tetsuhiro Hatakeyama UBI Tokyo Robustness and plasticity in biological rhythms
Hideo Higuchi UBI Tokyo Universal walking model for processive motor proteins (together with K. Sasaki)
Shuji Ishihara UBI Tokyo Quantification and modeling of collective cellular dynamics
Sosuke Ito UBI Tokyo Thermodynamics of information geometry as a generalization of the Glansdorff-Prigogine criterion for stability
Kunihiko Kaneko UBI Tokyo Dimension reduction in phenotypic space through adaptive evolution
Hiroyuki Kitahata Chiba Univ. Hydrodynamic collective effects of active proteins
Noriyuki Kodera NanoLSI Recent developments in high-speed AFM
Yuki Koyano Tohoku Univ. Diffusion in crowded active colloids: A model for bacterial cytoplasm
Alexander S. Mikhailov NanoLSI Mesoscopic modeling of dynamin filaments on deformable membrane tubes
Kien Xuan Ngo NanoLSI Structural dynamics of bacterial ABC transporter MsbA during functional activity
Yasushi Okada UBI Tokyo Conformational dynamics of microtubules
Satoru Okuda NanoLSI Collective cell migration in the epithelial sheet
Makoto Sato Kanazawa Univ. Tiling mechanism of the compound eye
Satoshi Sawai UBI Tokyo Cell segregation by contact directed migration
Mikihiro Shibata NanoLSI High-speed atomic force microscopy visualization of protein flexibility in action
Takashi Sumikama NanoLSI Computational prediction of 3D-AFM images of chromosomes
Ayumi Sumino NanoLSI High-speed AFM reveals ligand binding dynamics on membrane protein: accelerated binding of agitoxin-2 to a K+ channel by induced fit
Yasufumi Takahashi NanoLSI Development of scanning probe microscopy for topography and metabolite simultaneous imaging
Qian-Yuan Tang UBI Tokyo Functional sensitivity and mutational robustness of proteins
Koichiro Uriu Kanazawa Univ. Genetic oscillators in development
Yuichi Wakamoto UBI Tokyo Predicting transcriptomic states in living cells from Raman spectra
Chiho Watanabe UBI Tokyo Cell-size confinement effect on molecular diffusion and phase separation
Shinji Watanabe NanoLSI Nanoscale visualization of live cell surface by high-speed ion conductance microscopy
Junichiro Yajima UBI Tokyo Myosin-driven fragmentation of actin filaments triggers contraction of a disordered actin network




  • From Komatsu Airport to Kanazawa Station
    There is a limousine bus to Kanazawa Station. It takes about 40 minutes and the fare is 1,150 yen.
  • From Kanazawa Station to Kakuma Campus
    Kakuma Campus is about a 30-minute bus ride from Kanazawa Station. Please take a bus from bus terminal #6 located just outside of the Kenrokuen (East) Entrance. Buses going to Kanazawa Univeristy include #91 (weekday only), #93, #94, or #97.  Please get off at the “Kanazawa Daigaku Shizenken-mae” stop which is located in front of the Natural Science and Technology Hall. The fare is 370 yen.
  • Walk from the Bus Stop to the Conference Room (G15)
    The building is located in front of the bus stop (Kanazawa Daigaku Shizenken-mae) in South Area. The conference room is “G15 Conference room” on “G1F” area in “Natural Science and Technology Library Hall” (Kakuma Campus Map: S2)  .



Satoru Okuda, NanoLSI, Kanazawa University
E-mail: satokuda AT staff.kanazawa-u.ac.jp