• Watanabe C., Yanagisawa M., "Evaporation Patterns of Dextran–Poly (Ethylene Glycol) Droplets with Changes in Wettability and Compatibility", Life, 12(3), 373 (2022). DOI
  • Watanabe C., Kobori Y., Yamamoto J., Kinjo M., Yanagisawa M., "Quantitative Analysis of Membrane Surface and Small Confinement Effects on Molecular Diffusion", The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 124(6), 1090-1098 (2020). DOI
  • Watanabe C., Seigneuret M., Staneva G., Puff N., Angelova M. I., "On the possible structural role of single chain sphingolipids Sphingosine and Sphingosine 1-phosphate in the amyloid-β peptide interactions with membranes. Consequences for Alzheimer’s disease development", Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 510, 317-327 (2016). DOI

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Born in Tokyo, Dr. Watanabe attended the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, and after graduating in 2010, she went on to study at the Graduate School of Bio-Applications and Systems Engineering at the same university. After acquiring her Master’s degree in 2012, she studied at the Université Paris Diderot in France, where she obtained her doctoral degree. Thereafter, she worked as a researcher at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology from 2016, before being appointed as a project assistant professor at the University of Tokyo in 2019. She has been in her current post since 2020.

New pursuits and discoveries require approaches to be made from various directions. The research of artificial cells, which lies at the boundary between life science and materials science, is a perfect example of this. Using a method called the bottom-up approach, the research focuses on the cells, which are the smallest units of life, from a physico-chemical viewpoint. This research aims to shed light on the field between life and substance, which presently has had little attention paid to it. Dr. Watanabe is conducting research within the field on artificial cells, focusing on the cell size and behavior of substances within the cells. By doing so, she is hoping to provide ideas for the prevention and treatment of neurological diseases from the universal viewpoint of materials science in the future.