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About Us

Post-graduate programs

The Graduate School of Life Sciences consists of three departments that each provide a unique curriculum for a systematic and comprehensive understanding of the complex and widespread events of life from molecular to individual levels, as a basis for education and research in graduate schools. The curriculum covers fundamental subjects (compulsory) and special subjects (selectable) by emphasizing wide scope, ethics, and cutting edge of life sciences.

The Master’s Degree Program requires (1) two years of residency, which may be shortened in cases of outstanding research performance, (2) successful completion of a minimum of 30 credits, most in major and some in related courses, (3) submission of a Master’s dissertation, and (4) an oral examination. The students are expected to acquire extensive academic ability necessary for performing research, to develop the research subject from their original ideas, and to present research papers at academic meetings.

The Doctoral Program in Life Sciences takes usually 3 years consisting of extensive research. The main requirements for Doctoral degree are (1) three years of residency, which may be shortened in cases of outstanding research performance, (2) successful completion of a minimum of 8 credits, (3) submission of a Doctoral dissertation, and (4) oral defense of doctoral thesis. The students are expected to develop their research subjects in the light of the new life sciences while continuing self-education and to present research papers at international academic meetings.

Research Aims

The aims of research in our Graduate School are “Elucidation, Maintenance and Preservation of Higher-order Life Systems”. To achieve these goals, research is carried out on a variety of phenomena of living organisms by diverse views from molecular and cellular levels to individual and population levels. Through these studies, the final goal of our research is to contribute to human welfare and affluent life. We also foster young researchers of life science.

We push forward the following four interdisciplinary projects to be solved.

  1. Research on the development and dynamics of nervous systems and higher functions of the brain
  2. Research on the mechanisms integrating signaling and sensing of biosystems at molecular, cellular and individual levels
  3. Research on creation, maintenance, and preservation of higher-order living systems under environmental changes
  4. Genome and post-genome research aimed at obtaining a comprehensive understanding of living systems

Contribution to Society

Our Graduate School actively contributes to social welfare through education and research on life sciences. We also make our research results available to the general public by exhibiting them in ‘open campus’, public symposiums, and off-campus lectures for junior-high and high school students.