WPI Nano Life Science Institute, Kanazawa University

Engineering Mechanics of Cell and Tissue Morphogenesis 2022

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  • Date:9:00 am - 5:30 pm (JST), Saturday, June 4, 2022 (1day)
    * The day after the 55th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Developmental Biologists, May 31 - June 3, 2022, Kanazawa
  • Language:English
  • Hybrid format
    - Onsite: N411 Main Conference Room, NanoLSI, Kanazawa University
    - Online: Zoom link will be provided


The principal goal of this workshop is to explore cutting-edge strategies in which multi-scale morphogenesis across cells, tissues, organs to organisms is controlled by engineering approaches. This workshop offers an opportunity to bring together world scientists from wide-ranging fields, including cell and developmental biology, biomaterial engineering, and theoretical biology. We hope to generate a positive environment for discussing the latest works and cultivating possible future collaborations.
  • Mechanics in cell and tissue morphogenesis
  • Advances in biomaterials aimed at manipulating environment
  • Theoretical analysis of physics in morphogenesis


This workshop is aimed at stimulating active interactions among scientists in the bioengineering and mechanobiology community. There will be a core ‘onsite’ workshop with live talks and active discussion (anticipated number of onsite participants will be up to 60). All talks will be live-streamed on the Zoom workshop platform. Ample time will be provided to promote interactions with all speakers and participants. With due consideration of local COVID restrictions, we will inform all participants for whether or not it will be held onsite by 7th May, 2022.


Fumio Motegi, Institute for Genetic Medicine, Hokkaido University
Satoru Okuda, WPI Nano Life Science Institute, Kanazawa University


This workshop is supported by WPI Nano Life Science Institute, Kanazawa University and co-sponsored by Japanese Society of Developmental Biology, the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineer, the Biophysical Society of Japan, and RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research.
And financially supported by THE KAJIMA FOUNDATION and Kato Memorial Bioscience Foundation.


This workshop is open to all academics, post-doctoral fellows, graduate, and undergraduate students interested in the topic of the workshop.

  • Deadline:
     On-site: Sunday, April 24, 2022 Extended to Monday, May 2, 2022
     Online: Sunday, May 29, 2022 Extended to Wednesday, June 1, 2022
  • Fee:Free of charge
  • Lunch: No place to purchase on campus (considering offering boxed lunches on request)
  • On-site: The number of local participants is limited. You will be notified whether or not you will be able to participate on-site after registration.


Reception start 9:00 am (JST)

Opening remarks 9:25 am (JST)

1st Session 9:30 am – 10:45 am (JST)

Takefumi Kondo Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University
Shaping three-dimensional epithelial structures in harmony with cell differentiation
Isao Matsuo Osaka Medical Center for Maternal and Child Health
Intrauterine mechanical environment for early mammalian morphogenesis
Koichi Fujimoto Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University
Patterned cell proliferation mechanically constrains plant organ outlines and ellaborate internal symmetry


2nd Session 11:05 am – 12:20 am (JST)

Hironobu Fujiwara RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research
Multicellular and ECM dynamics underlying skin morphogenesis
Satoru Kidoaki Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University
Manipulation of cellular durotaxis on a matrix with cell-scale stiffness heterogeniety
Jennifer Young Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore
Micro-to-nano tools for interrogating the cell-matrix interface


3rd Session 1 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm (JST)

Andrew Holle Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore
The role of confinement in tissue biology and cell migration
Clemens M. Franz WPI Nano Life Science Institute, Kanazawa University
Cadherin-11 promotes neural crest cell spreading by reducing intracellular tension-mapping adhesion and mechanics in neural crest explants by atomic force microscopy
Tetsuya Hiraiwa Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore
Dynamic self-organization of migrating cells


3rd Session 2 3:05 pm – 3:55 pm (JST)

Li-Kun Phng RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research
Forces driving vascular morphogenesis
Takuji Ishikawa Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tohoku University
Biomechanical model of microbial taxis and behaviors


4th Session 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm (JST)

Hirokazu Tanimoto School of Science, Yokohama City University
Measuring physical forces in the cell
Takeshi Fukuma WPI Nano Life Science Institute, Kanazawa University
Nanoendoscopy AFM for visualizing nanodynamics and nanomechanics inside living cells
Integration of cell and developmental biology, and mechanical engineering

Closing remarks 5:30 pm (JST)


Location of NanoLSI

Campus from Kanazawa Station

  • Taxi (approx. 25 min, approx. 3,500 yen):
    Take a cab from the Kenrokuen-guchi (East Exit) cab stand of Kanazawa Station and tell the driver "Kanazawa University, Kakuma Campus, Nano Life Science Institute".
  • Bus (approx. 40 min., 360 yen):
    Take the 91, 93, 94, or 97 bus bound for Kanazawa University from Kanazawa Station Kenrokuen Exit (East Exit) Bus Stop No. 6 and get off at Kanazawa University Institute of Natural Science.

Kanazawa Station from Komatsu Airport

(approx. 60 min, 1,130 yen)
Take the Hokuriku Railway Limousine Bus and get off at Kanazawa Station West Exit.

NanoLSI from bus station in campus

way of NanoLSI from bus station in campus


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