Dr. Takashi Ito

Department: Chemistry
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“Our goal is to develop novel sampling methods for biomarkers (peptides, proteins, viruses) for cancer diagnosis. Currently, we are constructing novel polymer monoliths containing an array of uniform cylindrical nanopores whose size and surface functionalities can be tuned to collect biomolecules of specific molecular weight range. Microprobes based on the unique nanoporous materials will make it possible to collect biomolecules including peptides and small proteins quickly and efficiently, and thus will facilitate the discovery of potential candidates of cancer biomarkers. In addition, the microprobes can also be used to detect target biomolecules such as human papillomavirus (HPV), which is known to cause cervical cancer.”