University of Hyogo School of Science

Introduction for Faculty of Science

Introduction for Faculty of Science

Introduction for Faculty of Science

Department of Life Science

Functional Nanometry of Biological Macromolecules
Kazuhiro Oiwa

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生体高分子超精密計測学

Protein motors are force-generating ATPases. They are crucial to a range of cellular processes. Our research group aims to reveal the operating mechanisms of protein motors to acquire their structural blue prints and reveal their modes of chemical energy transduction into force and work. We have thus developed the advanced optical microscopes with high sensitivity and spatial precisions. By using them, we have investigated force-generating mechanism of protein motors. Furthermore, using advanced electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction methods, we extend our research to examine the structure and dynamics of cilia and flagella where protein motors play important roles in their motility,