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Introduction of our tenure-track faculties

Kurashina Yuta

Affiliation Institute of Engineering
Division Division of Advanced Mechanical Systems Engineering
Research field Soft robotics, Biomedical device
Keyword(S) Soft matter, Ultrasound, Micro/nano fabrication
Research experience

・Apr.2017–Jun.2018:Keio University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Research Associate
・Jul.2018–Mar.2022:Tokyo Institute of Technology, School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Assistant Professor
・Apr.2021–Mar.2022:Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, Technical Counselor
・Apr.2022-Present: Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology,
Associate Professor

Educational background

・Mar. 2012:B. S. (Eng.) Faculty of Science and Engineering, Keio University
・Mar. 2014:M. S. (Eng.) Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Keio University
・Mar. 2017:PhD, (Eng.) Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Keio University


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・2012: JSMS Award for Best Presentation
•2012: JSMS-Kanto Award for Best Presentation
•2013: The MSSJ Prize for Outstanding Achievement
•2015: ASME Best paper award
•2016: ABE Best research award
•2017: Fujiwara award in Keio University
•2017: 19th International Conference on Ultrasonics Best presentation award
•2017: Best Poster Award, International Conference on Manufacturing, Design and Tribology 2017 Best poster award
•2017: Audience Award, JSME, D&D Conference
•2018-2021: Research Encouragement Award, Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
•2020: Outstanding Student Paper Award, International conference on micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS)
•2021: The 20th Tokyo Tech Challenging Research Awards, Tokyo Institute of Technology
•2021: Engineering Education Award (Achievement), Japanese Society for Engineering Education

Selected papers and publications

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・Yuta Kurashina, Kenjiro Takemura*, Shogo Miyata, Jun Komotori, Tadayoshi Koyama, “Effective cell collection method using collagenase and ultrasonic vibration,” Biomicrofluidics, vol. 8, 054118, 2014.
・Yuta Kurashina, Kenjiro Takemura, James Friend*, “Cell agglomeration in a 24-well plate using acoustic streaming,” Lab on a Chip, vol. 17, pp. 876-886, 2017.
・Yuta Kurashina, Makoto Hirano, Chikahiro Imashiro, Kiichiro Totani, Jun Komotori, Kenjiro Takemura*, “Enzyme-free cell detachment mediated by resonance vibration with temperature modulation,” Biotechnology and Bioengineering, vol. 114, no. 10, pp. 2279-2288, 2017.
・Yuta Kurashina, Tatsuya Yamashita, Shuichi Kurabayashi, Kenjiro Takemura, Keita Ando*, “Growth control of leaf lettuce with exposure to underwater ultrasound and dissolved oxygen supersaturation,” Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, vol. 51, pp. 292–297, 2019.
・Yuta Kurashina*, Chikahiro Imashiro, Makoto Hirano, Taiki Kuribara, Kiichiro Totani, Kiyoshi Ohnuma, James Friend, Kenjiro Takemura*, “Enzyme-free release of adhered cells from standard culture dishes using intermittent ultrasonic traveling waves,” Communication Biology, vol. 2, no. 393, pp. 1–11, 2019.
・Yuta Kurashina, Ryo Sato, Hiroaki Onoe*, “Microfiber-shaped hepatic tissues with endothelial networks for constructing macroscopic tissue assembly,” APL bioengineering, vol. 3, pp. 046101, 2019
・Yuta Kurashina, Mio Tsuchiya, Atsushi Sakai, Tomoki Maeda, Yun Jung Heo, Filippo Rossi, Nakwon Choi, Miho Yanagisawa, Hiroaki Onoe*, “Simultaneous crosslinking induces macroscopically phase-separated microgel from a homogeneous mixture of multiple polymers,” Applied Materials Today, vol. 22, 100937, 1/2021
・Yuta Kurashina*, Risa Asano, Makoto Matsui, Takahiro Nomoto, Keita Ando, Kentaro Nakamura, Nobuhiro Nishiyama, Yoshitaka Kitamoto, “Quantitative analysis of acoustic pressure for sonophoresis and its effect on transdermal penetration,” Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, vol. 48, no. 5, 2022

Research Description

To realize cutting-edge medical treatments such as drug delivery systems (DDS), regenerative medicine, and gene therapy, advanced engineering technology is required. Unlike conventional inorganic manufacturing, organic fabrication that involves the fusion of cells and tissues is required in the development of products to support such medical treatments.
Therefore, we are conducting research to develop soft robots that work in vivo, cellular tissues that contribute to regenerative medicine and drug discovery research, and devices that support medical treatment and cell culture. These research fields require materials and driving sources that are friendly to the body. Based on micro/nano engineering using MEMS and machining and mechanical mechanics using ultrasound, we are devising multi-scale "soft" robots from nano to macro scale. Specifically, we are researching a micro-sized hydrogel robot for simultaneous in vivo sensing and drug release (upper left in the figure), needle-less transdermal administration of nano-drugs using ultrasound (upper right in the figure), three-dimensional macroscopic cellular tissue constructed with hydrogel (lower left in the figure), and cell manipulation using ultrasound (lower right in the figure). Through such innovative fabrication, our goal is to establish new platforms for cutting-edge medical treatment, such as DDS, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.

The details of each project are as follows

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About TUAT's tenure-track program

By providing young researchers with a place to perform responsible research activities as an associate professor, I am able to prepare an environment which allows me to devote myself to research mainly on my own ideas. In addition, as a tenure-track faculty, I can keep myself motivated by setting goals for my research. Also, the faculty members support me very kindly, and I am able to enjoy my research activities every day. I will do my best.

Future aspirations

My research field is multidisciplinary research in the fields of mechanical engineering, materials science, and life science. Since I am involved in research that integrates multiple fields, I would like to actively interact with researchers in various fields more than ever before to develop a variety of research. I hope that this will lead to new innovations that are yet to be seen.