Yusuke Maeda

  • PI
Kyushu University
Associate Professor
Research Areas
Non-equilibrium physics, Biological physics
Non-equilibrium systems, Soft matter, Active matter, Synthetic biology

Related Outline

An experimental physicist with a keen interest in discerning the principles governing the dynamic and complex phenomena inherent in biological systems. Our research is mostly grounded in experimental physics, encompassing soft matter physics, including polymers and viscoelastic fluids, as well as the study of collective dynamics exhibited by single cells and cell populations. Our long-term goal is to find a new field bridging the gap between life and matter through the concept of condensed matter physics. In pursuit of this objective, we have recently expanded our research to include theoretical works and numerical studies.


Yusuke received his Ph.D degree from the University of Tokyo, Department of Physics, in 2008. Following that, he conducted his postdoctoral research at the Rockefeller University with Professor Albert Libchaber. In 2012, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Hakubi Center for Advanced Study at Kyoto University, and later became an Associate Professor at Kyushu University, where he established his laboratory in 2015. He also served as a PRESTO researcher from 2012 to 2017 and is currently a FORESTO researcher from 2023 to present at JST.

Representative Achievements

  • State transitions of a confined actomyosin system controlled through contractility and polymerization rate
    Sakamoto R*, Miyazaki M, and Maeda YT*
    Physical Review Research 5, 013208 (2023)
  • Morphological growth dynamics, mechanical stability, and active microtubule mechanics underlying spindle self-organization
    Fukuyama T, Yan LC, Tanaka M, Yamaoka M, Saito K, Ti SC, Liao CC, Hsia KC, Maeda YT* and Shimamoto Y*
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 119, e2209053119 (2022)
  • Geometric trade-off between contractile force and viscous drag determines the actomyosin-based motility of a cell-sized droplet
    Sakamoto R, Izri Z, Shimamoto Y, Miyazaki M, and Maeda YT*
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 119, e2121147119 (2022)
  • Controlling collective motion of kinesin-driven microtubules via patterning of topographic landscapes
    Araki S, Beppu K, Kabir AMR, Kakugo A, and Maeda YT*
    Nano Letters 21, 10478-10485 (2021)
  • Edge current and pairing order transition in chiral bacterial vortices
    Beppu K, Izri Z, Sato T, Yamanishi Y, Sumino Y, and Maeda YT*
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 118, e2107461118 (2021)
  • Tug-of-war between actomyosin-driven antagonistic forces determines the positioning symmetry in cell-sized confinement
    Sakamoto R, Tanabe M, Hiraiwa T, Suzuki K, Ishiwata S-i, Maeda YT, and Miyazaki M*
    Nature Communications 11, 3063 (2020)