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Hirobumi Suzuki

Olympus Corporation

Dr. Hirobumi Suzuki received his Ph. D. in Biology from Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan. Along with his colleagues developed a novel microscope for bioluminescence imaging.


Dr. Katsunori Ogoh did his postdoctoral fellowship at Woodland Hastings Lab at MCB, Harvard University, USA. Along with his colleagues, he developed a novel microscope for bioluminescence imaging.


Luminous Organisms Ecology Behavior Physiology Evolution Luminometry Spectrometry Bioluminescence Reaction Mutagenesis Protein-Fragment Complementation Bioluminescence Imaging Bioluminescence Application

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Since the old days, the light from living creatures has grasped the hearts of people in folklore and academics. Scientists studied ecology, physiology, and evolution of the luminous organisms, and the living light has been investigated physically and chemically as bioluminescence. Bioluminescence reaction is phylogenetically specific to a taxon, and unique bioluminescence reaction has been identified with specific luciferin and luciferase. Based on the reaction, bioluminescent sensor probes have been developed with luciferin and luciferase modifications by mutagenesis, protein-fragment complementation technique, and etc. The probes made it possible for monitoring of intracellular environment and molecular interactions, and also for bioluminescence imaging with advanced low-light imaging devices. In particular, live imaging has become a significant technique for studying cellular interactions. Thus, the outcome of the bioluminescence researches is now adopted and in the field of medicine and life science.

This book covers contents from luminous organisms to bioluminescence technology with medical and life science applications.

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Date completed: November 9th 2020

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Review results due: April 26th 2021

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Expected publication date: June 25th 2021

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Hirobumi Suzuki

Olympus Corporation

Hirobumi Suzuki graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan in 1997, and received his Ph. D. in Biology. He now serves as a fellow, Research and Innovation Dept., Olympus Corporation. He and his colleagues developed a novel microscope for bioluminescence imaging. His research field ranges from bioluminescence technology (bioluminescence imaging) to firefly biology (phylogeny and speciation).

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