Faculty

Professor Tomohiro Usui
Professor of Planetary Science

Research interests: Evolution of chemistry, distribution and inventory of water on Mars; robotic planetary exploration; sample return missions.
[website]

Assistant Professor Haruna Sugahara
Assistant Professor of Planetary Science

Research interests: Evolution of organic molecules in the universe, Origins of life, Extraterrestrial life, Extraterrestrial delivery of biomolecules to the early Earth, Shock chemistry, Isotopic fractionation of light elements, Sample return missions, In situ analysis at planetary exploration.
[ResearchGate]


Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr. Ryota Fukai
Postdoctoral Scholar in Planetary Science

Research interests: early solar system, galactic chemical evolution, early differentiation of planets, development of new technique in mass spectrometry.
[website]

Dr. Masanori Kanamaru
Postdoctoral Scholar in Planetary Science

Research interests: Geology and dynamics of asteroids.
[ResearchGate]

Dr. Moe Matsuoka
Postdoctoral Scholar in Planetary Science

Research interests: mineralogical property of meteorites, surface condition of asteroids, space weathering processes on asteroids, the origin of our solar system.
[ResearchGate] [Google scholar]

Dr. Fumihiro Matsu'ura
Postdoctoral Scholar in Planetary Science

Research interests: Sulfur isotope geochemistry, Evolving earth and life.
[ResearchGate] [Google scholar]

Dr. Rina Noguchi
Postdoctoral Scholar in Planetary Science

Research interests: planetary volcanology, pyroclastic cones, lava-water interaction, Martian surface, miniature volcanology.
[ResearchGate]

Dr. Daigo Shoji
Postdoctoral Scholar in Planetary Science

Research interests:


Graduate Students

Chihiro Uemura
Physics (D2) (Iwata lab)

Research interests: rheology, powder technology, RSL

Amiko Takano
Earth and Planetary Science (D1) (Iwata lab)

Research interests: geotechnical properties of planetary regolith, planetary geology, MMX project.

Iori Kajitani
Earth and Planetary Science (M2)

Research interests: Martian Surface, meteorite, chemistry, sample return missions

Kaori Hirata
Earth and Planetary Science (M1)

Research interests: origin and evolution of planetary systems, sample return missions, volcanism on Mercury.

Leo Wang
Earth and Planetary Science (M1)

Research interests: astrobiology, habitability of Mars.


Staff

Mie Nakahara
Secretary


Alumni

    • Dr. Mizuho Koike (postdoc 2018-2019) -now Assistant professor at Department of Earth and Planetary Systems Science, Hiroshima University [website]
    • Dr. Naoya Sakatani (postdoc 2018-2019) -now Assistant professor at Department of Physics, Rikkyo University
    • Dr. Yuri Shimaki (postdoc 2017-2019) -now Researcher at Inter-University Research and Facility Management Group, ISAS, JAXA [website]