On 13Th January 2016, Ms. Rina Mogaki, Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, wins a BASF Rising Star PhD Award. This award aims to encourage PhD candidates in our department with support of BASF Shanghai.
（She is the 3rd person from the left.）
< About awarded research >
Spatiotemporal modulation of protein functions should allow site-specific disease treatment and elucidation of biological functions. We have been trying to manipulate proteins with light through development of macromolecules that change their structures in response to light irradiation. In this research, protein function was successfully modulated by attaching a switch-like molecule to proteins, which can be turned on and off by light. We are now aiming to expand this method into a new disease treatment.
< Comments >
It is a great honor for me to receive this award. I would like to express my deep gratitude to Prof. Takuzo Aida and Dr. Kou Okuro for their guidance, and also all the colleagues. I will continue to do my best in my research.