Awards & Prizes

DATE2023.12.21 #Awards & Prizes

Associate Professor Kaoru Sugimura was selected as a nice step researcher!

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Associate Professor
Kaoru Sugimura

We are pleased to announce that Associate Professor Kaoru Sugimura of the Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, has been selected as a Nice Step Researcher by the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP). This prestigious award is given to researchers who contribute to science and technology innovation in Japan, and Associate Professor Sugimura's original achievements were highly recognized.

Associate Professor Sugimura's research combines biology, physics, and statistics to unravel how multicellular populations form ordered structures. In particular, she used Bayesian inference of forces to analyze cell shapes and patterns from a physics perspective, contributing to a fundamental understanding of how multicellular organisms acquire functioning bodies. This approach provides a new perspective on the mechanical interactions between cells and reveals the mechanisms of self-organization of cell populations.

Associate Professor Sugimura has also been working diligently to develop a community of researchers and educational programs, opening up new horizons in the life sciences through the establishment of an interdisciplinary research environment "Japanese Society for Quantitative Biology" and international collaborations on in vivo force measurement methods.

Associate Professor Sugimura's award is a testament to the groundbreaking progress she has made in her field and her outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary approaches. Such pioneering research will play an important role in the advancement of science in the future. We are very much looking forward to Associate Professor Sugimura's further success and the impact her achievements will have. Congratulations on your selection!

For more information, please click here. (The article is written in Japanese.)
Outstanding Contributions to Science and Technology 2023 (Nice Step Researchers) - National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP)

(Responsibility: Professor Shinya Kuroda, Department of Biological Sciences)