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 Associate Professor

Research Field: Experimental nuclear physics
Teaching Courses: Introductory Physics, Physics A (Classical Mechanics), Physics B (Oscillations and Waves), Physics C (Electromagnetism)
Main Duties: Tohoku University Science Summer Program (TSSP)

My main activity thus far has been research on 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 globalization is not that of a world of global standardization, but rather of symbiosis and cohabitation through a web of diversity (interconnected diversity), a 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 face global problems and crises; this is one of my dreams.

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SCHROEDER, Marcin Specially Appointed Professor

Research Field: Mathematical models of information systems, computing and hypercomputing, complexity and symmetry. My main research tools are general algebra (including posets and lattices), general topology, combinatorics mathematical logic.
Teaching Courses: Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Introductory Seminar

I am a learning addict. Whether I want it or not, I cannot resist the temptation to study and to attempt finding answers to difficult questions. As usually with addictions, the more answers I can find the bigger is my appetite for more challenges. It started long time ago from the challenge in Feynman's claim that nobody understands quantum mechanics. So, I studied theoretical physics and started to work at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. Did I find all answers I was looking for? For sure many, but not all. The most important is that I found more interesting questions and reasons to study more. Also, I found that quantum mechanics is much easier to understand than classical mechanics. Now I would say that people believe that classical mechanics is simpler, because they don't understand it and don't appreciate its mysteries. The new questions brought new challenges and more reasons to learn. So, I received my Ph.D. in mathematics from SIU Carbondale in USA. Later, my hunting expeditions in search for answers led me to formal logic, information science, hypercomputing, etc. I am now at Tohoku University. Great place for someone who likes learning. If you have similar addictions, please join me. Don’t expect that I will teach you. Nobody can teach somebody else, but learning together is easier than alone. Good teacher is just a good companion in learning. Let's have fun!


ZHANPEISOV, Nurbosyn Associate Professor

Research Field: Physical Chemistry
Teaching Courses: Chemistry A (Fundamentals of chemical bond theory), Chemistry B (Fundamentals of physical chemistry), Chemistry C (Fundamentals of basic organic chemistry), Mineralogy, Petrology & Geochemistry (Fundamentals of crystal structures of solids)

I have strong collaboration research experience with many research groups in Germany, Japan and the USA as well as my teaching experiences at Japanese Universities. My mother and Russian languages are very helpful in handling different things related to internationalization of education at Tohoku University. At the FGL Program of Tohoku University, I will teach the Chemistry Courses (Chemistry A, B and C as well as "Fundamentals of crystal structures of solids" course) for undergraduate students. These days Chemistry greatly overlaps with the relevant topics of Math, Physics and Biology being as part of Natural Science. It has no border so that students from different origin can seat together and will learn it.

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 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 Associate 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.