Kouichi Nakagawa received the Ph.D. degree in chemistry, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA (1989). Nakagawa is a Present Professor, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Hirosaki University, since 2010. Nakagawa was Research Associate at Northwestern University (1989-1990), Research Associate at University of Denver (1990–1992), Assistant Professor at Fukushima Medical University (1992–2009), and Professor at the Graduate School of Health Sciences, Hirosaki University since 2010. Nakagawa's area of expertise includes electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) or electron spin resonance (ESR)(various samples and methods of the EPR measurements). Nakagawa's research interests are (1) molecular dynamics of antioxidant intermediates in aqueous dispersions of membranes and various media; antioxidants are useful not only for preserving foods but also for preventing free radical-induced damage in the field of medicine; (2) structural dynamics of lipids bilayer using an EPR/ESR spin probe method; the EPR (electron paramagnetic resonance) spin probe method has been employed to considerable advantage in the study of membranes; (3) EPR/ESR investigation of skin lipid structure; the skin barrier against chemicals, surfactants, and UV irradiation is its outermost layer, the stratum corneum (SC); Ordering of the lipid bilayer is associated with the main epidermal barrier. Nakagawa received Oleo-Material Award (2009) and Oleo-Material Division, the Japan Oil Chemists' Society.
Biography Updated on 6 August 2013