Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Kiyohiro HOUKIN

Hokkaido University President, Principal of Nitobe College

Junji YAMAGUCHI

Vice-President/Executive, Head of Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education/Deputy Principal of Nitobe College

Kazuyori YUHAZU

Vice-President, Professor of Graduate School of Humanities and Human Sciences / Vice-Principal of Nitobe College

Migaku ODA

Professor of Faculty of Science / Deputy Vice-Principal of Nitobe College

Research Fields

Electronic phenomena such as superconductivity and magnetism in highly correlated electronic systems.

Message

Make a great effort to acquire abilities that are useful for your own future!

Hirofumi TANI

Associate Professor of Faculty of Engineering / Assistant-Principal of Nitobe College

Research Fields

My research topic is bioanalytical chemistry including bio- and chemiluminescence in molecular assemblies functioning as a reaction field for highly sensitive assay, and microfluidics for biomedical analytical devices.

Message

I am involved in the Nitobe program as a lecturer from the kickoff of this program, 3 years ago. You can learn many things thru this program, in which students having various specialties and cultures bring together in the class, and tackle various issues proactively thru in-class discussion and field-work. The program is not easy and everything depends on you, but this must be a precious experience for your future. The most important thing is to… Enjoy the Nitobe Program!

Peter SHANE

Associate Professor of Hokkaido University Hospital / Problem Solving (Spring Term)

Research Fields

Mitochondrial Transplantation

Message

Life is serial problem-solving and innovative solutions are beautiful.

Hidetaka ITO

Associate Professor of Faculty of Science / Problem Finding (Summer Term)

Research Fields

My interest is how environment affects transposon activation in nature. Transposons exist in almost all eukaryotes and they are important elements on the genome. I focus on the relationship between environmental stress and transposon activation.

Message

I would like to help students to be independent, professional, and active.

Pengru DENG

Assistant Professor of School of Engineering / Practice of Team-based Learning (Summer Term)

Research Fields

My research interest is understanding the performance of composite materials and composite structures under loads and environmental attacks, and then applying them on infrastructures toward a durable and sustainable construction.

Message

Keep moving with purpose to be a better yourself.

Seongjin OH

Assistant Professor of Faculty of Agriculture / Practice of Team-based Learning (Summer Term)

Research Fields

I am interested in animal nutrition. The stomach of ruminant animals is composed of 4 compartments, forming a unique digestive system. The microbial fermentation in the first stomach is the key process for their feed utilization. I have focused on natural feed additives for better animal performance.

Message

More experience improves you more. Give it a shot!

Hyunjoo Naomi CHI

Associate Professor of Graduate School of Public Policy / Problem Solving (Fall Term)

Research Fields

My research interests include Migration and Gender Policies in East Asia. My current research focuses on the gender aspect on migration including the issue of female domestic and care workers (global households), as well as the vulnerability and agency of these women.

Message

We live in an age full of beauty and wonders but we also have our share of challenges. When faced with such challenge don’t look away; look at it dead in the eye and do something. We don’t have time to waste. Stay curious and don’t be afraid to take action.

Caitlin COKER

Associate Professor of Faculty of Humanities and Human Sciences / Problem Finding (Winter Term)

Research Fields

Anthropology, Dance, Affect theory, Movement research

Message

In class my goal is to create an atmosphere where students can take the lead, express themselves, and genuinely pursue the questions and answers that spark their interests. I hope to see you there!

Atsushi MIURA 

Associate Professor of Faculty of Science / Practice of Team-based Learning (Winter Term)

Research Fields

Analytical chemistry, Photochemistry, Spectroscopy. Exploration and the elucidation of novel photo-induced phenomena under photon pressure especially caused by tightly-focused laser beam. 

Message

What you can learn at Nitobe College is determined by your own actions. Let’s have fun together!

Kaori SHIGETOMI-KURIBAYASHI

Associate Professor of Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education/Instructor / Developing & Supporting Educational Program, Planning for Advanced Program

Research Fields

Mechanical Engineering、Origami Engineering、Micro/Nano Technologies、Regeneration Medicine、Entrepreneur、TEDxSapporo

Message

Be Confident. Be Ambitious. Unleash Your Potential.

Kazuhisa SHIMADA

Associate Professor of Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education/Instructor, Developing & Supporting Educational Program

Research Fields

Local resilience in natural disasters, Local governance, National security

Message

In this program, I will support you to learn the skills of working together with the people in a diverse academic background. I have a various work experience in different work places (in the business sector, universities and the government) as different job titles (an engineer, an administrative staff and an academic), and will encourage you to explore your new interest outside of your research area!

Qianran WANG

Assistant Professor of Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education/Instructor, Developing & Supporting Educational Program

Research Fields

Social education and lifelong learning. Especially focus on the educational functions as well as the welfare functions of the elderly’s learning activities at community level.

Message

Leaving one’s comfort zone is the first step to make a change. Nitobe college provides you the opportunity to break out of your comfort zone and lead you to a broader world. Looking forward to your participation.

Staff

Haruyuki YOSHIHARA

Megumi TAKAHARA

Mari IGARASHI

Etsuko TAKAHASHI

Yumi IGARASHI