The life is generated on the primitive Earth as a result of interplay between complex chemical reaction networks and self-organization of amphiphilic molecules and macromolecules. The life has a very unique nature in contrast to the material; the life establishes the individual by enclosing it with a membrane (cells), synthesizes the energy molecules and building blocks from the nutrients (metabolism), and reproduces itself (self-production). The reproduced offspring has the same self-reproduction property as the parent (heredity). It is a great challenge to understand the life system based on the soft-matter science. In this context, we have organized international workshops to encourage communications among organic chemistry, synthetic biology and soft matter physics;

To accelerate the communications, we organize the international workshop "From Soft Matter to Protocell 2020". We believe that this workshop brings new insights to develop the protocell research and synergetic collaborations among participants.

Workshop Time Schedule



Attendance to the workshop is free of charge but registration is mandatory. Please submit a registration form from the following web site.
Deadline Oct. 22nd, 2020
The workshop URL will be informed to registered participants after the deadline.



Oct. 28 (UTC)
Chair: Taro Toyota
15:00 Opening address: Masayuki Imai
15:05Peter Walde (ETH)
Emergent properties of vesicles as protocell models
15:55Yutetsu Kuruma (JAMSTEC)
Construction of artificial photosynthetic cell toward an autonomous system
16:35Kate Adamala (U. Minnesota)
Building life to figure out how life started
Chair: Kate Adamala
17:35Benjamin Rogers (Brandeis University)
Exploring the pathways to self-organization using DNA nanotechnology
18:25Yusuke Maeda (Kyushu Univ.)
Understanding symmetry breaking induced by cell-sized compartments: a minimal cell approach
Oct. 29 (UTC)
Chair: Yutetsu Kuruma
15:00 Sheref Mansy (Univ. Alberta)
Prebiotic and biological mimetic protocells
15:50Dora Tang (MPI-CBG)
Bottom up synthetic cellularity
16:40Minoru Kurisu (Tohoku University)
Sustainable reproduction of vesicles coupled with surface confined template polymerization
Chair: Yusuke Maeda
17:30Taro Toyota (Univ. Tokyo)
Perfusion chamber for observing giant vesicles
18:10Neal Devaraj (UCSD)
Cell membrane mimetic chemistry
19:00Closing Remark: Peter Walde

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International Joint Graduate Program in Materials Science (GPMS), Tohoku University

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