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 Specially-Appointed Professor, Visiting Professor Masaru Tanaka 
Professional Affiliation
Frontier Center for Organic Materials
Frontier Center for Organic Material Systems
Frontier Center for Organic System Innovations (MEXT COI)
Soft Biomaterials Research Center, Yamagata University
Major areas of research
Biomaterials, Polymer Science, Biointerface, Tissue Engineering, Medical devices
Researcher Introduction
[Professional Experience]
1996-2000 Researcher, Research & Development Center, TERUMO Corporation.
2000-2004 Research Associate, Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University.
2001-2005 PRESTO Investigator, JST.
2004-2006 Associate Professor, Creative Research Initiative "Sousei" (CRIS), Hokkaido University.
2006-2007 Associate Professor, Nanotechnology Research Center, Hokkaido University.
2007-2009 Associate Professor, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University.
2009 Visiting Scientist, Dept. of New Materials and Biosystems, Max-Planck-Institute for Metals Research.
2009-present Professor, Yamagata University. A leader of Funding Program for Next Generation World-Leading Researchers (NEXT Program, Japan).

Dr. 2003, Hokkaido University

[Membership of Academic Societies]
The Society of Polymer Science, Japan
The Chemical Society of Japan
Japanese Society for Biomaterials
The Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine
The Japan Society of Applied Physics

[Awards & Honors]
  1. The Young Scientist Award for the Excellent Paper; The Japan Society of Applied Physics (2002),
  2. The Award for the Presentation of an Excellent Paper; The Chemical Society of Japan (2003)
  3. The Award for the Presentation of an Excellent Paper; The Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine (2004)
  4. The Award for Encouragement of Research in Polymer Science SPSJ (2005),
  5. The Award for Young Investigator of the Japanese Society for Biomaterials (2009)
  6. SPSJ Asahi Kasei Award (2011).

[Research Project]
The Roles of water molecules in the biointerface - clarification of biocompatibility mechanisms
Biocompatible polymers for medical devices
Major Research Works
[Selected Publications (2013)]
  1. Hoshiba T, Nikaido M, Tanaka M. Characterization of the mechanisms of attachment of tissue-derived cell lines to blood-compatible polymers, Adv. Healthcare Mater., in press.
  2. Choi H, Tanaka M, Hiragun T, Hide M, Sugimoto K. Mast cells cultured on honeycomb-structured polystyrene film in vitro proliferate but do not undergo cytokinesis, Nanomedicine, in press
  3. Hoshiba T, Tanaka M. Breast cancer cell behaviors on staged tumorigenesis-mimicking matrices derived from tumor cells at various malignant stages, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 439: 291-296, 2013.
  4. Birch M, Tanaka M, Kirmizidis G, Yamamoto S, Shimomura M. Microporous honeycomb films support enhanced bone formation in vitro, Tissue Engineering PartA, 19: 2087-2096, 2013.
  5. Tanaka M, Hayashi T, Morita S. The roles of water molecules at the biointerface of medical polymers (Invited paper: SPSJ Asahi Kasei Award), Polym. J, 45: 701-710, 2013.