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Department of Biomolecular Sciences

The structures of molecules, small and large, through DNA to active polymers, are inherently related to their functions or biological responses in higher organisms. Our aims of research and education are to elucidate these relationships generally and systematically by the use of genomics, biochemistry and organic chemistry. It is important to understand fundamental molecule-based sciences in any of our research fields.

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Division of Biomolecular Chemistry
Biostructural Chemistry
Teachers Professor Hirokazu Arimoto (C)
Professor Makoto Sasaki
Undergrad
education
Agriculture
Campus Katahira
Keywords Natural product synthesis; synthetic organic chemistry; structure-activity relationships; function analysis
Analytical Bioorganic Chemistry
Teachers Professor Hirokazu Arimoto
Assistant Professor Kaori Itto
Undergrad
education
Agriculture
Campus Katahira
Keywords chemical biology,autophagy,synthetic organic chemistry
Bioactive Molecules
Teachers Professor Shinjiro Yamaguchi
Assistant Professor Kiyoshi Mashiguchi
Undergrad
education
Agriculture
Campus Katahira
Keywords Plant hormones,biologically active substances,plant physiology
Laboratory of Applied Biological Molecular Science
Teachers Professor Yoshikazu Tanaka
Associate Professor Tomohisa Ogawa
Assistant Professor Takashi Matsui
Undergrad
education
Agriculture
Campus Katahira
Keywords protein, structure analysis, virulence factor, toxin, protein complex, food protein, biomineralization, natural organic compound synthesis enzyme
Division of Molecular Biosystems
Histogenetic Dynamics
Teachers Professor Erina Kuranaga
Assistant Professor Daiki Umetsu
Assistant Professor Yuichiro Nakajima
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords
Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Teachers Professor Kazumasa Ohashi
Associate Professor Ken-ichi Yasumoto
Undergrad
education
Science / Chemistry
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Stress response,FRET imaging
Molecular Cell Biology
Teachers Professor Kensaku Mizuno
Assistant Professor Tomoaki Nagai
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Signal transduction,actin cytoskeleton,cell migration,cancer invasion,cilium formation
Plant Developmental Biology
Teachers Professor Junko Kyozuka
Assistant Professor Satoshi Naramoto
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Katahira
Keywords
Division of Chemical and Structural Biological Sciences
Design of Biomolecular Function
Teachers Professor Kenji Inaba
Associate Professor Hiroshi Kadokura
Assistant Professor Satoshi Watanabe
Campus Katahira
Keywords Protein quality control,structural biology
Molecular Analysis of Biological Functions
Teachers Professor Satoshi Takahashi
Assistant Professor Kiyoto Kamagata
Assistant Professor Hiroyuki Oikawa
Campus Katahira
Keywords Protein dynamics,single molecule biology
Biofunctional Chemistry and Nanobiotechnology
Teachers Professor Shin Mizukami
Associate Professor Toshitaka Matsui
Assistant Professor Toshiyuki Kowada
Campus Katahira
Keywords Chemical biology,Bioimaging,Photofunctional molecules
Nano-Biophysics
Campus Katahira

Department of Developmental Biology and Neurosciences

We are studying the mechanisms how each multicellular organ or life of different type, in its shape or in its way of life, is developed from a single cell. We also focus on the subjects that how the brain is developed and how the higher function of the brain is realized in the higher animals.

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Division of Developmental Biology
Membrane Trafficking Mechanisms
Teachers Professor Mitsunori Fukuda
Associate Professor Gen-ichi Tajima
Assistant Professor Naonobu Fujita
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Intracellular vesicle transport,melanosome transport,autophagy、secretion,neurotransmitter release,small GTPase Rab
Laboratory of Brain Development
Teachers Professor Kentaro Abe
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Katahira
Keywords Experience dependent gene regulation, Postnatal skill development, Live imaging, Social interaction, Communication, Song learning, Disease model animals.
Plant Cell Wall Biology
Teachers Professor Kazuhiko Nishitani
Lecture Ryusuke Yokoyama
Assistant Professor Takeshi Kuroha
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Plants,Cell wall,Molecular biology,Signaling,Hormones
Developmental Dynamics
Teachers Professor Asako Sugimoto
Assistant Professor Yukihiko Kubota
Assistant Professor Shinsuke Niwa
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Katahira
Keywords Developmental Biology,Cell Biology,Live Imaging
Organogenesis
Teachers Professor Koji Tamura
Assistant Professor Gembu Abe
Assistant Professor Daisuke Saito
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Morphogenesis,organ regeneration
Division of Neuroscience
Neurogenetics
Teachers Professor Daisuke Yamamoto
Associate Professor Masayuki Koganesawa
Assistant Professor Kosei Sato
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Katahira
Keywords Brain gender difference,genes and behavior
Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
Teachers Professor Hiromu Yawo
Lecture Toru Ishizuka
Undergrad
education
Medicine
Campus Katahira
Keywords Channelrhodopsin,cerebral interpretation of touch sense,optogenetics,neural circuit development,adult neural stem cells,gene transfer via electroporation
Laboratory of Super-Network Brain Physiology
Teachers Professor Ko Matsui
Assistant Professor Tomomi Tsunematsu
Undergrad
education
Medicine
Campus Seiryo
Keywords Optogenetics, Electrophysiology, Fluorescent live imaging, Acute brain slice, Rodent in vivo optical cell activity manipulation and measurements, Synaptic transmission, Glial cell, Astrocyte, Neuron-glia interactions
Laboratory of Systems Neuroscinece
Teachers Professor Ken-ichiro Tsutsui
Assistant Professor Shinya Ohara
Assistant Professor Kei Oyama
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Katahira
Keywords Higher order brain functions,systems neuroscience
Neuroethology
Teachers Professor Hiromu Tanimoto
Assistant Professor Nobuhiro Yamagata
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Katahira
Keywords The neural foundation of sensory processing and memory and learning,behavioral analysis,neuroanatomy
Division of Developmental and Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Teachers Professor Gaku Kumano
Associate Professor Keiichiro Kyozuka
Associate Professor Takuya Minokawa
Assistant Professor Ayaki Nakamoto
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Asamushi
Keywords Oocyte maturation; fertilization; embryogenesis; evolution; ascidian; sea urchin; starfish; jellyfish; tissue shaping; germline development; Calcium wave; light-induced spawning; micromere; gene regulatory network
Marine Ecological Behavior
Teachers Professor Jotaro Urabe (C)
Assistant Professor Satoshi Takeda
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Asamushi
Keywords Intertidal biology,marine ecology,symbiosis,population ecology
Division of Developmental Regulation
Cancer Biology
Teachers Professor Natsuko Chiba
Assistant Professor Yuki Yoshino
Campus Seiryo
Keywords Tumor suppressor,centrosome,DNA damage response,genome integrity
Germ Cell Development
Teachers Professor Yasuhisa Matsui
Assistant Professor yohei hayashi
Assistant Professor yukiko tando
Undergrad
education
Medicine
Campus Seiryo
Keywords Pluripotent stem cells,germ cell differentiation
Developmental Neurobiology
Teachers Professor Toshihiko Ogura
Assistant Professor Atsushi Kubo
Assistant Professor Ken Matsumoto
Campus Seiryo
Keywords Developmental biology,new mechanobiology
Cooperative faculties
Experimental Immunology
Teachers Professor Toshiyuki Takai
Campus Seiryo
Keywords Immunology,Autoimmune disease,Singal control

Department of Environmental Life Sciences

For understanding of our living system, this department aims to study the genetic backgrounds and functions of diverse organisms in ecosystem as well as the mechanisms for the formation and sustenance of biological diversity, based on the interactions among molecules, cells, individuals, populations and changes in environmental conditions.

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Division of Genetic Ecology
Microbial Genetics and Genomics
Teachers Professor Masataka Tsuda
Associate Professor Yoshiyuki Otsubo
Campus Katahira
Keywords Environmental microbiology,genome microbiology,bioremediation of chemical pollutants
Plant Reproductive Genetics
Teachers Professor Masao Watanabe
Associate Professor Akira Kanno
Campus Katahira
Keywords Plant molecular genetics,epigenetics,pollen-stigma interaction,genomics
Genomic Reproductive Biology
Teachers Professor Atsushi Higashitani
Associate Professor Jun Hidema
Associate Professor Shusei Sato
Assistant Professor Mika Teranishi
Assistant Professor Masanori Izumi
Assistant Professor Yasukazu Daigaku
Campus Katahira
Keywords Bioengineering,Genetic diversity and Evolution,Plant-microbe interaction,Repair process,Signal transduction,Stress response
Environmental Microbiology
Teachers Professor Kiwamu Minamisawa
Associate Professor Hisayuki Mitsui
Assistant Professor Masayuki Sugawara
Campus Katahira
Keywords Plant-microbe symbiosis science (root nodule bacteria、endophytes),agrobiotechnology
Space and Adaptation Biology
Teachers Professor Hideyuki Takahashi
Associate Professor Nobuharu Fujii
Assistant Professor Akie Kobayashi
Assistant Professor Seiji Kojima
Campus Katahira
Keywords gravimorphogenesis,hydrotropism,plant hormones,flower sex,space biology
Division of Ecology and Evolutionaly Biology
Evolutionary Biology
Teachers Professor Masakado Kawata
Associate Professor Takashi Makino
Assistant Professor Shinichiro Maruyama
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Evolutionary biology,Ecology
Plant Ecology
Teachers Professor Toru Nakashizuka
Associate Professor Satoki Sakai
Assistant Professor Masahiro Aiba
Assistant Professor Hiroshi Ota
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Forest ecology,plant diversity maintenance mechanism,reproductive ecology
Community and Ecosystem Ecology
Teachers Professor Jotaro Urabe
Assistant Professor Wataru Makino
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Animal ecology,Biological interactions,Food web,Population genetics,Lakes and rivers,Coastal ecosystems,Plankton and benthos.
Functional Ecology
Teachers Professor Koki Hikosaka
Assistant Professor Riichi Oguchi
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Plant ecophysiology,plant ecology,plant physiology,global sciences,global change,evolution,adaptation,modeling
Division of Plant Evolutionary Biology
Plant Taxonomy and Phylogenetics
Teachers Professor Masayuki Maki
Assistant Professor Koji Yonekura
Assistant Professor Motonari Ohyama
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Kawauchi
Keywords Plant diversity,plant evolution,species preservation
Division of Regional Ecosystem Studies
Conservation Biology
Teachers Professor Satoshi Chiba
Associate Professor Shuichi Shikano
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Kawauchi
Keywords Biodiversity preservation,evolutionary ecology,biogeography
Division of Genomic Bionomics
Genome Structure and Function
Teachers Visiting Professor Daisuke Shibata
Visiting Professor Takahiro Nagase
Visiting Associate Professor Hideki Hirakawa
Campus Kazusa DNA
Keywords Metabolome analysis,metabolomics,biotechnology,metagenome,gene function analysis,comparative genome analysis,all genome array determination,next-generation sequencer,bioinformatics
Division of Microbial Evolution and Function Research
Microbial evolution and function research
Teachers Professor Yuji Nagata
Lecture Hirokazu Yano
Assistant Professor Hiromi Kato
Assistant Professor Yukari Sato
Campus Katahira
Keywords