COE海外派遣 レポート

 

谷口 雄一(ナノ生体科学講座 ソフトバイオシステムグループ D2)
派遣期間:平成16年9月20日-10月1日(12日間)
派遣目的:1. 10th International Workshop on "Single Molecule Detection and Ultra Sensitive Analysis in the Life Sciences"に参加し、成果発表、情報収集(Germany) 2.Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research University College London(U.K.)にて研究打ち合わせ 3.Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee de l'Ecole Normale Superieureにて研究打ち合わせ(France)




Report on an official travel for conference participation and laboratory visitation.
Yuichi Taniguchi. Department of Mechanical Science and Bioengineering, Graduate School of Engineering Science.

Destination
1.PicoQuant GmbH, Rudower Chaussee 29 (IGZ), 12489 Berlin, Germany; 2. Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, University College London (UCL), Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK; 3. Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee de l'Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS), 24, rue Lhomond, Paris 75005, France

Purpose
1. Poster Presentation at 10th International Workshop on "Single Molecule Detection and Ultra Sensitive Analysis in the Life Sciences" 2. Visitation to Michael Hausser’s laboratory in UCL to present and discuss our research 3. Visitation to David Bensimon’s laboratory in ENS to present and discuss our research

Schedule
9/20-21 Kansai international airport (Japan) → Hong Kong (China) → London (U.K.) → Berlin (German)
9/22-24 10th International Workshop on "Single Molecule Detection and Ultra Sensitive Analysis in the Life Sciences"
9/25 Berlin (German) → London (U.K.)
9/27 Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, University College London
9/28 London (U.K.) → Paris (France)
9/29 Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee de l'Ecole Normale Superieure
9/30-10/1 Paris (France) → Hong Kong (China) → Kansai international airport (Japan)

Result and prospective
At the international workshop, I gave a poster presentation of our research on a motor protein, whose title was “Thermodynamic analysis for Brownian stepping movement of single bio-molecular motor using optical trapping nanometry system”. During the presentation and poster session, I was able to discuss our research with various foreigner scientists and was able to exchange ideas with them and get some advice. The workshop was specialized in the technical development of methods of single molecule detection and spectroscopy, which are now well established and applied to important biological and medical research. This workshop introduced many more topics with vast potential under study, for example, two-photon excitation technique, new and robust fluorophores such as quantum dots, metal-fluorophore interactions, analysis of living cells, applications in high throughput screening, or the investigation of protein folding and biological function studies of macromolecules. It might be possible to apply to these new techniques to our research in the near future. Many events held in the workshop, for example, an exchange meeting, reception, bus tour, and so on, were very useful in enableing me to become acquainted with many experts in related fields of research. In addition, I visited two laboratories in which former members of our laboratory are now working as postdoctoral fellows (Michael Hausser’s laboratory in UCL and David Bensimon’s laboratory in ENS). Using the techniques they learned in our laboratory, these postdoctoral fellows are approaching new and challenging problems on nerve information processing and protein-nucleotide interaction in fields outside of our laboratory’s current research. To see their research and the laboratories has widened my field of view and provided me with good advice about our research and my future plans. I presented my research and had detailed discussion with them. This tour helped me to gain new insights into our research, and enabled me to make many acquaintances amongst experts who kindly shared their experience with me.