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Director, Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials (GLAM), Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and, by courtesy, of Bioengineering and of Chemical Engineering
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsProtein engineering
Professor of Biochemistry and, by courtesy, of Chemical EngineeringOn Leave from 06/01/2023 To 04/30/2024
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsOur research is aimed at understanding the chemical and physical behavior underlying biological macromolecules and systems, as these behaviors define the capabilities and limitations of biology. Toward this end we study folding and catalysis by RNA, as well as catalysis by protein enzymes.
Prof./Dr. Tomoya Higashihara
Visiting Professor, Chemical Engineering
BioTomoya Higashihara was born in Kagawa, Japan, and received his B.Eng., M.Eng., and D.Eng. degrees from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech.) in 2000, 2002, and 2005, respectively, under the supervision of Prof. Akira Hirao. During 2005-2008, he joined postdoctoral research at University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA, under the supervision of Prof. Rudolf Faust. Then, he became an assistant professor at Tokyo Tech. (Prof. Mitsuru Ueda’s laboratory) in 2008. He was promoted to become an associate professor (PI) and a full professor (PI) at Yamagata University in 2013 and 2019, respectively. In 2022, he became a director of Research Center for Organic Electronics (ROEL), Yamagata University, Japan, as a concurrent post. In 2023, he is joining Prof. Zhenan Bao’s group at Stanford University as a visiting professor.
2020 Hitachi Chemical Award (The Society of Polymer Science, Japan)
2015 Award for Encouragement of Research in Polymer Science (The Society of Polymer Science, Japan)
2009 Award for Young Engineering Scientist (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Ngan F. Huang
Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Surgery Research) and, by courtesy, of Chemical Engineering
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsDr. Huang's laboratory aims to understand the chemical and mechanical interactions between extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins and pluripotent stem cells that regulate vascular and myogenic differentiation. The fundamental insights of cell-matrix interactions are applied towards stem cell-based therapies with respect to improving cell survival and regenerative capacity, as well as engineered vascularized tissues for therapeutic transplantation.