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. Trishit Ruj
Postdoctoral Scholar in Planetary Science

Research Interests: Planetary tectonics, geological mapping of planetary surfaces, recent geological activities on planetary bodies.
[ResearchGate] [Google scholar]

Dr. Shohei Aoki
Postdoctoral Scholar in Planetary Science

Research interests: Habitability, atmospheric evolution, atmospheric chemistry, and water cycle on Mars via trace gases measurements.
[ResearchGate] [Google scholar]

Dr. Kei Masunaga
Postdoctoral Scholar in Planetary Science

Research interests: Mars and Venus; comets; role of atmospheric escape in planetary evolution; solar wind interactions with planetary exospheres/ionospheres; airglow and aurora; upper atmosphere dynamics; plasma and UV observations; MMX and Hisaki projects.

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. Daigo Shoji
Postdoctoral Scholar in Planetary Science

Research interests:


Graduate Students

Chihiro Uemura
Physics (D3, Iwata lab)

Research interests: rheology, powder technology, RSL

Kaori Hirata
Earth and Planetary Science (M2)

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.

Shun Mihira
Earth and Planetary Science (M1)

Research interests: Distribution of water on Mars, mesosiderite meteorite.


Staff

Mie Nakahara
Secretary


Alumni

    • Dr. Rina Noguchi (Postdoc, 2018-2021) - Retired for an assistant professor at Faculty of Science, Niigata University. [ResearchGate]
    • Amiko Takano (Technical staff/Graduate student, 2019-2021) - Retired for employment in a private company.
    • Iori Kajitani (Graduate student, 2019-2021) - Working as a technical staff at JAXA.
    • Dr. Mizuho Koike (Postdoc, 2018-2019) - Retired for an assistant professor at Department of Earth and Planetary Systems Science, Hiroshima University. [website]
    • Dr. Naoya Sakatani (Postdoc, 2018-2019) - Retired for an assistant professor at Department of Physics, Rikkyo University.
    • Dr. Yuri Shimaki (Postdoc, 2017-2019) - Retired for a researcher at Inter-University Research and Facility Management Group, ISAS/JAXA. [website]