Fumi Sano, Professor
Science Education Courses, Biology
Graduated from The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Science, Department of Biological Sciences/Earned master's degree in Plant Science at The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Science/Earned doctoral degree in Biological Science at The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Science (completed Science Ph.D.)/Special Researcher (PD) at Japan Society for the Promotion of Science/Assistant at The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences/Researcher at The University of Tokyo/Researcher at Japan Science and Technology Agency/Present post
Q1: Could you briefly describe your research?
A1: Every day, I consider how to inspire young people to better appreciate the complexity of living things, through the development and improvement of school biology teaching materials based on scientific knowledge.
Q2: What do you find most appealing about research?
A2: I enjoy the sense of fulfillment that comes when I think of educational materials that elegantly highlight the characteristics of living things and communicate their complexity, and when students in primary, secondary, and higher education show a deep interest in those materials.
Q3: What inspired you to pursue a career in research?
A3: In experiments I conducted as an undergraduate student, I observed the images of fluorescent-stained cytoskeletons. Their impressive beauty and sophistication inspired me to go into research.
Q4: What makes you feel glad to be a researcher?
A4: When I am caught up in day-to-day organizational tasks or raising children, it gives me emotional support to know that I have my own research that is separate from it all.
Q5: How do you balance your research with your private life?
A5: Outside of my research, I recognize when things are too difficult and quickly ask for help from my family and colleagues. Even so, I still cannot say that I am satisfied with my research.
Q6: Do you have a book that changed your life, or any books that you have written?
A6: It is difficult to choose just one, but an important one my life may be the biography of Madame Curie, which I read as a child.
Q7: Where has been your favorite place to travel?
A7: Gosau in Austria. It is a different world.
Q8: What do you do on your days off?
A8: I go on "dates" with my daughter.
Assumed post at Gunma University↓
Birth of child↓
Photograph with fast plants for educational use