In research it can be hard to know how one discovery can be used in unrelated fields. This is why basic research and collaboration are such essential components of science. Without a constant well of ideas and knowledge to draw from and the necessary communication channels to pass on these ideas many advances simply would not be possible. These channels rely on institutions that encourage collaboration and place their researchers in positions to build networks and work together, but they also require the right individuals who are able to follow the trail of their work into new areas. These individuals, who are not afraid to try new things, work with new partners and jump through the doors that open throughout their careers are the backbones of large, multi-disciplinary research projects. Professor Masato Ueda, based at the Kansai University Faculty of Chemistry, Materials and Bioengineering is one such individual. Ueda is currently involved in two research projects; one developing a cell printer that relies on light irradiation and the second focused on exploring coral reef regeneration and restoration using biomedical techniques.