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TOMITA Hiroshi

Professor

Affiliation

Biological Science
[Master's Program] Biological Sciences
[Doctoral Program] Fundamental and Applied Sciences

Degrees Obtained

PhD (Medicine)

Specialties

Visual Neuroscience
Molecular Biology
Neuroscience

Profile

March 1992: Completed Master's Program (Master's of Agriculture), Department of Agriculture, Kyoto Prefectural University Graduate School
January 1998: Assistant, Ophthalmology Courses, School of Medicine Tohoku University Graduate School
November 2002: Ophthalmology Courses, Dean A. McGee Eye Institute, University of Oklahoma, USA
July 2004: Assistant Professor, Tohoku University Biomedical Engineering Research Organization
April 2008: Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Field of Medical and Dental Medicine, Institute for International Advanced Interdisciplinary Research, International Advanced Research and Education Organization, Tohoku University
April 2012 - Present: Professor, Chemistry and Bioengineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University
Visiting Professor, Clinical Research, Innovation and Education Center, Tohoku University Hospital
Visiting Researcher, Applied Intelligence Team, RIKEN

My Areas of Research

Utilizing artificial retinas and green algae genes to restore visual functions in the blind

It is said that over 80% of the information we receive from the external world is through our eyes, so the eyes are an organ that play a huge role in our lives. Approximately 16,000 people lose their sight every year due to various diseases, but there is currently no treatment that restores visual functions. I conduct research into treatments that make use of artificial retinas with implanted LSI chips and green algae genes, in the aim of restoring visual functions in the blind. I am also aiming to clarify the various functions that the complex visual information processing system plays through this research.

My Teaching Philosophy

“Nothing is futile.” I aim to educate students so they can flexibly apply the results of their research and knowledge, and contribute to society.

Laboratory URL
http://web.cc.iwate-u.ac.jp/~htomita/vis-neurosci/
http://www.eng.iwate-u.ac.jp/jp/profile/tomita_hiroshi.html

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