Urara Hasegawa | Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2007 - Tokyo Medical and Dental University
M.E., 2004 - Waseda University, Japan
B.S., 2002 - Waseda University, Japan
Urara Hasegawa received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in applied chemistry from Waseda University, Japan, in 2002 and 2004, respectively. She completed her doctorate degree in biomedical science from Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan, in 2007. While pursuing her doctorate, she was awarded a research fellowship for young scientists from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2006. From 2007 to 2011, she worked at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2011, she moved to Osaka University, Japan, as an assistant professor. She joined Kansas State University as an assistant professor in 2017.
Hasegawa’s research focuses on the development of polymeric nanomaterials for controlled drug delivery with an emphasis on gaseous signal-transmitter molecules such as nitric oxide, carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide. Currently, her group is developing polymeric nanoparticles containing gas-donating moieties which release gaseous drugs in a controlled manner under physiological-relevant conditions. Her work includes design and synthesis of polymeric nanoparticles using various polymerization techniques, such as reversible addition-fragmentation transfer (RAFT) polymerization and aqueous dispersion polymerization, as well as biological evaluation of these nanoparticles in cell culture and biological systems. These polymeric nanoparticle platforms can be used for therapeutic applications such as wound healing as well as contribute to a better understanding of the bioactivities of these gases in the human body.
Hasegawa has co-authored more than 40 research articles including 20 first and/or corresponding author publications. Her work has been recognized with several awards including Student Award of the Chemical Society of Japan in 2005, Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering Biofuture Research Encouragement Prize Award in 2005, Student Award of Gordon Research Conference on Drug Carriers in Medicine & Biology in 2006, Poster Award of the third international NanoBio conference in 2010 and Osaka University Presidential Award for Encouragement in 2015. She also served as a member of the organizing committee for the Kansai Biomaterials Society for Young Researchers in Japan.