Dr. Shuichi Takayama is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program at the University of Michigan. He is also a WCU Professor at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST). His research interests (B.S. and M.S. from the University of Tokyo in 1994, his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the Scripps Research Institute in 1998) started with the organic synthesis of molecules that mediate biological chemical communication.
Subsequently, he became interested in evaluating the function of synthesized molecules in engineered cellular-microsystems and pursued postdoctoral studies at Harvard University as a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Fellow. His current research interests are Micro/nanofluidics and Cellular microenvironment engineering. He constructs microfluidic models of the body such as artificial oviducts for enhanced in vitro fertilization treatment, micro tissue-engineered models of lung injury, and models of cancer metastasis for drug testing. He also develops tools for high throughput 3D cell culture and cell micropatterning. Honors include The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award and The NSF Career Award.
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