Yusuke MUKUHIRA (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor
Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University
Division for the Establishment of Frontier Sciences of the Organization for Advanced Studies, Tohoku University

椋平 祐輔 博士(学術)

東北大学 流体科学研究所
 未到エネルギー研究センター 地殻環境エネルギー研究分野
東北大学 高等研究機構新領域創成部


  • Mar. 2008, B.D. (Engineering), School of Engineering, Tohoku Univ.
  • Mar. 2010, M.D. (Environmental Science), Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku Univ.
  • Mar. 2013, Ph.D., Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku Univ.

Professional background

  • April, 2010 – March, 2013: JSPS Research Fellow (DC1)
    • May, 2010 – June, 2010:Visiting student, Freie University Berlin, Germany
    • June, 2011 – July, 2011:Visiting student, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Switzerland
  • April, 2013- March, 2016:JSPS Research Fellow (PD)
    • August, 2014- September, 2014:Visiting scientist, ERL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
    • January, 2015-June, 2015:Academic guest/Visiting scientist, ETH-Zurich, Swiss Seismological Service, Switzerland
  • April, 2016 – September, 2016:Postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Fluid Science/School of Engineering, Tohoku University
  • October, 2016 – August, 2018:Postdoctoral fellow/JSPS Overseas Research Fellow, Earth Resources Laboratory, MIT, Unted States
  • October, 2017 – Present:Assistant Professor, Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University

Professional contribution

Journal/conference paper Reviewer

  • Journal of Geophysical Research, Geophysical Research Letters, Geophysical Journal International, Geothermics, Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Engineering Geology, Geothermal Energy, Journal of Structural Geology.
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists  (SEG) expanded abstract, Proceedings of the U. S. Rock Mechanics Symposium

Conference organizing

  • 2017 AGU fall meeting, Session convener: S027. Induced Seismicity in the United States and Canada
  • 2015-: ICDP Drilling into Seismogenic Zones (DSeis) project, member
  • March, 2013-: ICDP Japan Beyond Brittle Project (JBBP) observer
  • August, 2013: International Symposium In-Situ Rock Stress 2013 organizing committee


Kakenhi-JSPS research grant (科研費)

  • FY2010 – FY2013: Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows (DC1), JPY700k/y for every 3 years (PI)
  • FY2013 – FY2016: Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows (PD), JPY1200k/y for every 3 years (PI)
  • FY2014: Fellowship under the “Young science and technology programme between Japan and Switzerland 2014”, JPY1200k/y for half year (PI)
  • FY2015 – FY2017: Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B), JPY2800k/y for 2years (PI)
  • FY2018 – FY2019: Grant-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientists, JPY4030k for 2years (PI)
  • FY2019 – FY2021: Grant-in-Aid for Challeging Research (Pioneering), JPY5070k for 2years (Co-PI)
  • FY2020 – FY2023: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C), JPY4290k for 3years (PI)


  • FY2018: NEDO, JPY 700k/y (co-PI)
  • FY2018: JOGMEC, 700k/y (co-PI)
  • FY2018: Collaborative Research Project 2018, Institute of Fluid Science,         Tohoku University, JPY 365k/y (PI).
  • FY2019: NEDO, JPY 1000k/y (co-PI)
  • FY2019: Collaborative Research Project 2019, Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, JPY 397k/y (PI)
    Project title: Estimation of fracture permeability by integrating microseismic observational data and reservoir engineering modeling.
    Project partner: Dr. Justin Rubinstein (USGS), Dr. Jack Norbeck (UCB)
  • FY2019: Collaborative Research Project 2019, Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, JPY 374k/y (co-PI)
    Project title: Application of core-based inversion to reconstruct stress field in an underground geoscience laboratory. Project partner: Dr. Xiadong Ma (ETH Zurich)
  • FY2020: CREST Tohoku team led by Prof. Nonomura, JPY 1000k/y (team member)
  • FY2020: Tohoku university young scientist ensemble reseach grant, JPY480k/y (PI)


  • May, 2019, Paper award (Japanese society for rock mechanics)
  • December, 2016, One of the 5 most highly cited papers during 2014, 2015 and up until June 2016 in Geothermics.
  • July, 2015, Outstanding poster award (Ensemble Workshop for Young Members in Research Institute of Tohoku Univ.)
  • August, 2014, Fellowship under the “Young science and technology programme between Japan and Switzerland 2014”
  • July, 2010, Best Paper Award (RE 2010)
  • March, 2010, 東北大学 環境科学研究科長賞
  • October, 2009, Best Student Award (JFES 2009)


  • Pawan Bharadwaj, ERL MIT, USA, signal processing, blind deconvolution (2018.1~)
  • Michael C. Fehler, ERL MIT, USA, mentor/induced seismicity (2016.10~)
  • Oleg Poliannikov, ERL MIT, USA, statistical analysis, (2017.2~)
  • Anna Suzuki, Tohoku University, Japan, Hydrology/material transport, (2017.4~)
  • Naoi Makoto, Kyoto University, Japan, Seismology, (2016.6~)
  • Hirokazu Moriya, Tohoku University, Japan, Microseismic analysis, (2016.4~)
  • Takatoshi Ito, Tohoku University, Japan, Stress analysis, (2013.4~)
  • Carsten Dinske, Freie University Berlin, Germany, Pore pressure, (2010.7~)
  • Hiroshi Asanuma, FREA, AIST, Ph.D. advisor/induced seismicity, (2006.4~)
  • Hiroaki Niitsuma, Tohoku Univ., Ph.D. advisor/induced seismicity (2006.4~)

Research Interests

  • Geophysics (Microseismicity)
  • Geomechanics, Seismology, Hydrology, Statistical Seismology, Borehole geophysics, Rock mechanics.
  • Resource engineering, Reservoir engineering, Oil engineering.

    Hydro-seismologist would be the best word to describe my discipline! But I originally defined…

Outreach activity

  • ボストン日本人研究者交流会 幹事
  • 日本サッカー協会4級審判員

CV of failures