FGL : Staff Profiles

FGL Teaching Team - General Education -


DAHAN, Xavier Associate Professor

Research Field: Computer Algebra, Algebraic Graph theory
Teaching Courses: Calculus A, Calculus C, Foundation of Calculus

I studied mathematics in Paris and got a PhD in theoretical Computer Science at the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris). After that I moved to Japan as a JSPS Post-Doc and became Assistant Professor at Kyushu University, then Associate Professor at Ochanomizu University before joining the FGL program here at Tohoku University. During this time, I taught various courses, often Calculus, which I will be teaching here at the FGL.
Having been in various places in Japan for more than 10 years, I have met many foreign students from China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Africa etc., I hope I can support foreign students of the FGL program.


KOIKE, Takeshi Specially Appointed Associate Professor

Research Field: Experimental Nuclear Physics
Teaching Courses: Physics A, Physics C, Digital Entrepreneurship Seminar,
Introduction to Academic Learning, FGL Pre-enrollment Education

My main activities thus far have been the research of nuclear structure through experiments using particle accelerators both in Japan and abroad. In my field of basic science research, the research activities themselves cannot be sustained without an international environment. My vision of the globalization is not that of a world of global standardization, but rather of symbiosis and cohabitation through the web of diversity (interconnected diversity), the vision to which I am also led as I try to understand the working of the natural world. Students from the FGL program foster originality in their diverse campus life and leave with an aspiration to challenge global problems and crises. This is one of my dreams.


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MOTT, Derrick Michael Specially Appointed Associate Professor

Research Field: Chemistry, Materials Science, Nanotechnology
Teaching Courses: Chemistry A, Chemistry B, Chemistry C

My career has focused on chemistry and materials science to help solve some of the most critical issues in energy production, waste management, and environmental quality. However, these are challenging issues, and we need a new generation of promising scientists to study and help solve these problems. We also require international attitudes with a willingness to explore new ideas with out of the box thinking for these global issues. It is my hope that by helping to educate a new generation of students, I can inspire more scientists to join the field of chemistry and tackle some of the tough technological challenges by combining education, passion for science and a global attitude.


FGL Teaching Team - Specialized Education -


BREEDLOVE, Brian Associate Professor, Advanced Molecular Chemistry (AMC), Faculty of Science

Research Field: Inorganic Chemistry
Teaching courses: Special Class in Basic Chemistry II, Special Class in Basic Chemistry IV, Analytical Chemistry A, General Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry C, General Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry B

After nearly 18 years of living in Japan, I can honestly say that Japan has fostered safe and nurturing environment in which to study not only chemistry but all sciences. The Future Global Leader (FGL) program has gone beyond what is fostered in Japan to build academic programs in which you will be able to grow not only as a scientist but as a future leader of your prospective field. The programs are designed to provide you with the fundamentals, to challenge you to better yourself, to help you identify and solve new problems, to introduce you to cutting-edge research and, importantly, to offer a sense of global community. As a professor in the Advanced Molecular Chemistry (AMC) course, I will provide you with guidance during your journey to become the chemist and leader you can be, and I will do my utmost to help you realize your goals. Therefore, I hope you join the FGL community at Tohoku University in the beautiful city of Sendai, Japan.


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FEDORYNENKO, Dmytro Specially Appointed Associate Professor, International Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (IMAC-U), School of Engineering

Research Field: Mechanical Engineering
Teaching Courses: Mathematics I and II
Main Duties: supporting activities aimed at recruiting international students residing outside of Japan, supporting the internationalization of education in cooperation with Institute for Excellence in Higher Education and Graduate School of Engineering

Tohoku University is one of the best Japanese universities which provides a lot of opportunities for students not only to acquire advanced knowledge through world-class research but also to grow as future leaders in multiple fields. As an associate professor of International Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Course (IMAC), I will teach you to think logically, master problem-solving methods and techniques as well as solve math and engineering tasks independently. I believe that joining the Future Global Leadership (FGL) program and staying in Sendai will profoundly shape your future.


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AMES (nee LEWIS), Cheryl Professor, Applied Marine Biology (AMB), Graduate School of Agricultural Science

Research Field: Jellyfish (medusozoan) systematics, evolution, genomics; deep-sea invertebrate biodiversity; environmental DNA (eDNA)
Teaching Courses: Introduction to Physiology and Ecology, Physiology of Biological Resources, Seafood Management, Marine Biology
Shared Courses: Introduction to Fisheries Science, Introduction to Aquatic Production
Main Duties: Applied Marine Biology Program and International Student Liaison

The Applied Marine Biology (AMB) course brings together students and faculty members from a variety of academic backgrounds and geographic localities to foster a collective international mindset when it comes to matters of ocean education and conservation. Having personally conducted all of my graduate work outside of my home country, I recognize the unique challenges faced by international students when adjusting to a new language and culture. English language instruction provides a common platform for international students to gain a solid background in the growing and broad field of Applied Marine Biology. Likewise, the course promotes an opportunity for Japanese students to share the local culture and language along-side their international student peers. Tohoku University extends over multiple campuses in Sendai City, with the Faculty of Agricultural Science boasting a state-of-the-art facility on the beautiful Aobayama campus. If you think that the AMB program is what you have been looking for, then come see for yourself. Scholarships are available.

As an Associate Professor of Applied Marine Biology I also have Research Collaborator status at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Before coming to Tohoku University, I was a National Academies of Sciences (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellow at the United States Naval Research Laboratory. My Ph.D. in Biological Sciences is from the University of Maryland, USA, and I have a Master’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan. My undergraduate degrees are from Queen’s University and the University of Ottawa in Canada.

FGL Management Team


YAMAGUCHI, Masahiro Director of Global Learning Center, Vice President (Education Reform & Global Management) of Tohoku University, Professor, Faculty of Science

Research Field: Elementary Particle Physics
Main Duties: As the Director of the Global Learning Center (GLC), I am in charge of international educational exchange and global education.

I exert myself to realize an educational system that will foster young people who can live in this global era and lead their generation. The GLC conducts the Tohoku University Global Leadership Program (TGL), which provides global education for our students, and promotes our outbound study abroad programs. In addition, it is developing the Future Global Leadership (FGL) program for excellent students from around the world, and various short-term inbound programs.

KASUKABE, Yoshitaka Deputy Director of Global Learning Center, Professor

Research Field: Particle Beam Material Engineering
Main Duties: Future Global Leadership Program (FGL), Junior Year Program in English (JYPE), Cooperative laboratory Study Program (COLABS), Tohoku University Science Summer Program (TSSP)

I welcome all inquiries from those considering overseas studies in the natural sciences, particularly with regards to cooperative research with world-class researchers in departments at overseas partner schools and those wishing to leap ahead in the field of joint research.


WATANABE, Yumiko Coordinator of FGL Program, Specially Appointed Professor

Research Field: Earth Science, Geochemistry, & Astrobiology
Teaching courses: Science, Technology and Industry in Japan
Main Duties: Future Global Leadership Program (FGL), Student Support, Public Relations, Tohoku University STEM Summer Program (TSSP)

I received B.Sc. in chemistry and M.S. in Geology from Tohoku University, and Ph.D. in Geosciences from The Pennsylvania State University, USA. I want to use my experience studying at an American university and professional abilities to help international students have a richer life in Japan, not only in terms of their research, but also daily life. Of course, I will also welcome any questions related to Earth Science and Astrobiology.