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You are here: Home en Open Course iCeMS Learning Lounge #5: Hirotaka Nakatsuji + Ikumi Oomoto Mr. Hirotaka Nakatsuji "Golden Rods & Guided Robots: Your 'Nano Doctors' Healing from Within"

Mr. Hirotaka Nakatsuji "Golden Rods & Guided Robots: Your 'Nano Doctors' Healing from Within"

Our laboratory is focusing on biological application of light-responsive nanomaterials, like the materials used for solar cells. In our nerve cells, there are pain receptors called TRPV1, which responds to heat, acid and capsaicin (the pungent substance in chili peppers). In this talk, I introduce my research about controlling heat-sensitive pain receptor TRPV1 with light, by using nanomaterials which absorb light and generate heat. This time’s talk is only based on the experiments with cultured cells, but if we apply this method in our body, we might become able to control pain with light in the future.