COE海外派遣 レポート

 

田中 夏樹(ナノ生体科学講座 ソフトバイオシステムグループ(柳田研究室)M2)
派遣期間:平成17年2月11日-2月18日(8日間)
派遣目的:1. Biophysical Society 49th Annual Meeting参加 2.
University of North Carolinaでの研究発表(アメリカ)



Report on the Attendance to the Biophysical Societie’s 49th Annual Meeting in Long Beach and visit to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Places visited: (1) Biophysical Societie’s 49th Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, USA
(2) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Description:
I attended the Biophysical Societie’s 49th Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California, from Feb 12 to 16 and presented our work in a poster and after the conference I visited Profs. Ken Jacobson’s and Nancy Thompson’s laboratories at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The travel was quite productive and fruitful, and I enjoyed hearing about new and wonderful work of other laboratories from all over the world and receiving much feedback on my research.
At the conference I encountered many interesting and bright people and learned much about their work. In particular, a lecture by Prof. Paul W. Wiseman (this year’s Gregorio Waber Award laureate) from McGill Univ. and poster presentations from his laboratory on the recent advance in spatio-temporal correlation analysis in the image correlation was impressive and I found it potentially applicable and useful for my own work. Also, the speeches by Dr. Peng Chen from Harvard Univ. about in vivo single-molecule motion analysis using quantum dots and by Prof. Xiaowei Zhuang from Harvard Univ. about studies of a viral infection process using a fluorescent dye were interesting to me, as well as many others. In the poster sessions, I encountered many interesting and nice works and enjoyed discussions with many young and talented presenters. Overall, I looked mainly at new techniques in the spectroscopy and microscopy, especially in single-molecule research. My impression from this conference is that the single-molecule research field is expanding rapidly and widely to many subjects and laboratories all over the world and that it is notable that many laboratories are attending the problems of the blinking of fluorescent dyes, which can often affect the results in the research of this kind.
On the third day we presented our work in a poster. I found that many of those who visited our poster were particularly interested in the spatial heterogeneity of dissociation kinetics of G protein in the cell and in the mechanism that causes difference in its kinetics. I received much feedback on our work which was beneficial.

After the conference I flew to North Carolina, where I visited Profs. Ken Jacobson’s and Nancy Thompson’s laboratories at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Prof. Jacobson at the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology is a leading researcher in the field of single particle tracking method to analyze the surface of living cells and Prof. Thompson at the Department of Chemistry is also a leading researcher in the biological fluorescence correlation spectroscopy field. That I could directly see such laboratories and interact with people there was very exciting and stimulating. I presented my work in the joint lab meeting before the members of both laboratories and after that I visited the two laboratories and the UNC Medical School’s Microscope Facility. I also enjoyed having lunches and dinners with the members of the two laboratories. Having many critical comments and to-the-point questions on my work was quite profitable for me and hearing that they enjoyed my seminar was the most satisfying as I myself enjoyed the presentation as well.

Finally I thank Profs. Thompson and Jacobson for kindly accepting my visit, and the Osaka University 21st Century COE Program for providing me this great opportunity.