Yoko Yamanishi

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Species richness in local communities has been considered an important factor determining the success of invasion by exotic species (the biotic resistance hypothesis). However, the detailed mechanisms, especially the role of predator communities, are not well understood. We studied biotic resistance to an invasive freshwater snail, Pomacea canaliculata, at(More)
This paper presents an innovative driving method for an on-chip robot actuated by permanent magnets in a microfluidic chip. A piezoelectric ceramic is applied to induce ultrasonic vibration to the microfluidic chip and the high-frequency vibration reduces the effective friction on the MMT significantly. As a result, we achieved 1.1 micrometre positioning(More)
Cell stiffness could be an index for evaluating its activity. Although various systems measuring cell stiffness have been proposed so far, they are slow for adaptively connecting to cell sorters capable of handling more than 1000 [cells/sec]. This paper proposes a new approach that can indirectly evaluate the cell stiffness by measuring the passing time for(More)
This paper describes a novel powerful noncontact actuation of a magnetically driven microtool (MMT), achieved by magnetization of the MMT and focusing of the magnetic field in a microfluidic chip for particle sorting. The following are the highlights of this study: (1) an MMT was successfully fabricated from a mixture of neodymium powder and(More)
This paper presents the high speed microrobot actuation driven by permanent magnets in a microfluidic chip. The riblet surface, which is regularly arrayed V groove reduces the fluid friction and enables stable actuation in high speed. The comprehensive analysis of fluid force, the optimum design and its fabrication were conducted and proved the friction(More)
Stiffness is an important index to know the quality of a cell. While there have been a couple of works to evaluate the cell stiffness in real time by combining a micro fluid chip with electric impedance based cell counters, we can not see what is really happening in the channel after all. The challenge of this paper is to develop a system capable of(More)
Laboratory cultures of a single species of bacteria harboring the same genetic background include heterogeneous cell populations, each differing in apparent morphology and physiology, as found in natural environments. To get insights into difference in the genome expression between individual cells, we constructed various types of the cell chip for(More)
In this paper, on-chip particle loading and dispensing modules are presented with their results for the automation of a single particle retrieving from a microfluidic channel. Our proposed microfluidic chip has several modules. Each one of them has important functions as (a) loading micro-particles singly to main microfluidic flow by the aid of magnetically(More)