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Integrative Life Sciences

Multicellular organisms are the life forms wherein the basic unit comprises many cells derived from an egg to form and fulfill the function of a single individual. Each of the cells undergoes differentiation and diversification to fulfill independent roles during the process of ontogeny, and the mutual interaction of these cells (network formation) is the foundation of integrated function as an individual. We aim to clarify the mechanisms by which cell populations (e.g., neural networks) control life phenomena (e.g., brain functions), implementing research and education, making full use of cutting-edge technologies.

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Brain and Nervous System
Neuroethology
Faculty Professor TANIMOTO Hiromu
Associate Professor YAMAGATA Nobuhiro
Associate Professor KOGANEZAWA Masayuki
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Katahira
Keywords The neural foundation of sensory processing and memory and learning, behavioral analysis, neuroanatomy
Molecular Ethology
Faculty Professor TAKEUCHI Hideaki
Assistant Professor ANSAI Satoshi
Professor (Cross Appointment) KAMIKOUCHI Azusa
Campus Katahira
Keywords Social recognition, individual recognition, Face recognition, Genome editing, Social brain
Brain Development
Faculty Professor ABE Kentaro
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Katahira
Keywords Experience dependent gene regulation, Postnatal skill development, Live imaging, Social interaction, Communication, Song learning, Disease model animals.
Systems Neuroscience
Faculty Professor TSUTSUI Ken-ichiro
Assistant Professor OHARA Shinya
Assistant Professor NAKAMURA Shinya
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Katahira
Keywords Higher order brain functions, systems neuroscience
Cellular Network
Membrane Trafficking Mechanisms
Faculty Professor FUKUDA Mitsunori
Assistant Professor MATSUI Takahide
Assistant Professor HOMMA Yuta
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Intracellular vesicle transport, melanosome transport, autophagy, secretion,neurotransmitter release, small GTPase Rab
Developmental Dynamics
Faculty Professor SUGIMOTO Asako
Associate Professor NIWA Shinsuke (C)
Assistant Professor HARUTA Nami
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Katahira
Keywords Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, Live Imaging
Organelle Pathophysiology
Faculty Professor TAGUCHI Tomohiko
Assistant Professor MUKAI Kojiro
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Proteome analysis of organelle membrane proteins,Biological reactions that proceed on the cytosolic face of organelles,Organelle cooperation underlying the innate immunity response and inflammation,Development of specific probes for membrane phospholipids
Super-Network Brain Physiology
Faculty Professor MATSUI Ko
Assistant Professor TSUNEMATSU Tomomi
Undergrad
education
Medicine
Campus Katahira
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
Developmental Regulation Network
Germ Cell Development
Faculty Professor MATSUI Yasuhisa
Assistant Professor HAYASHI Yohei
Undergrad
education
Medicine
Campus Seiryo
Keywords germ cell, pluripotential stem cell, epigenetic regulation, metabolic regulation
Cancer Biology
Faculty Professor CHIBA Natsuko
Assistant Professor YOSHINO Yuki
Assistant Professor OTSUKA Kei
Campus Seiryo
Keywords Tumor suppressor, centrosome, DNA damage response, genome integrity
Developmental Neurobiology
Faculty Professor OGURA Toshihiko
Assistant Professor KUBO Atsushi
Campus Seiryo
Keywords Developmental biology, new mechanobiology
Cooperative faculties
Developmental Neuroscience
Faculty Professor OSUMI Noriko
Undergrad
education
Medicine
Campus Seiryo
Keywords Brain Development, Transgenerational epigenetis
Molecular Oncology
Faculty Professor TANAKA Kozo
Undergrad
education
Medicine
Campus Seiryo
Keywords Cell division, Cancer, Aging
Experimental Immunology
Faculty Professor TAKAI Toshiyuki
Campus Seiryo
Keywords Immune regulation, receptor, immune disorders

Ecological Developmental Adaptability Life Sciences

The aim of this major is to clarify the generation and mode of life of organisms, the evolution mechanisms that have created these organisms, the role of biological interactions, and the effect of human activity on ecosystems by researching the environmental response of the organisms and the background adaptation mechanisms, through the layers of life phenomena from genes to individuals, groups, and ecosystems. We also aim to educate and foster graduates who fully utilize the cross-sectoral knowledge and understanding obtained through this study.

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Biological Dynamics
Plant Development
Faculty Professor KYOZUKA Junko
Assistant Professor KOMATSU Aino
Assistant Professor KAMEOKA Hiromu
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Katahira
Keywords Plant Architecture, Meristem, growth program
Histogenetic Dynamics
Faculty Professor KURANAGA Erina
Assistant Professor UMETSU Daiki
Assistant Professor NAKAJIMA Yuichiro (C)
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords histogenesis, Cell migration, Cell death
Plant Sensory and Developmental Biology
Faculty Professor HIGASHITANI Atsushi (C)
Associate Professor FUJII Nobuharu
Assistant Professor KOBAYASHI Akie
Campus Katahira
Keywords gravimorphogenesis, gravitropism, hydrotropism, circumnutation, sex expression of flowers in cucurbits
Organ Morphogenesis
Faculty Professor TAMURA Koji
Assistant Professor ABE Gembu
Assistant Professor SHIOMI Kozue (C)
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Morphogenesis, organ regeneration
Ecological Dynamics
Aquatic Ecology
Faculty Professor URABE Jotaro
Assistant Professor MAKINO Wataru
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
Faculty Professor HIKOSAKA Kouki
Assistant Professor OGUCHI Riichi
Assistant Professor TOMIMATSU Hajime
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Plant ecophysiology, Plant ecology, Photosynthesis, Environmental adaptation
Evolutionary Biology
Faculty Professor KAWATA Masakado
Assistant Professor MARUYAMA Shinichiro
Assistant Professor NAKAYAMA Takuro
Assistant Professor (Cross Appointment) SATO Atsuko
Assistant Professor (Cross Appointment) ISHIKAWA Asano
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Evolutionary biology, Ecology
Ecological Integration
Faculty Professor KONDOH Michio
Associate Professor SAKAI Satoki
Assistant Professor KAWATSU Kazutaka
Assistant Professor TANABE Akifumi
Assistant Professor SUZUKI-OHNO Yukari
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Structure and dynamics of ecological systems, Plant Evolutionary Ecology, data-driven ecology
Symbiosis Genomics
Faculty Professor SATO Shusei
Campus Katahira
Keywords Analysis of plant-microbe interaction based on genomics approach, Population genomics on environmental interactions
Biodiversity Dynamics
Plant Diversity and Evolution
Faculty Professor MAKI Masayuki
Assistant Professor OHYAMA Motonari
Assistant Professor ITO Takuro
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Kawauchi
Keywords Plant diversity, plant evolution, species preservation
Conservation Biology
Faculty Professor CHIBA Satoshi
Assistant Professor HIRANO Takahiro
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Kawauchi
Keywords Biodiversity preservation, evolutionary ecology, biogeography
Marine Biodiversity
Faculty Professor KUMANO Gaku
Professor URABE Jotaro (C)
Associate Professor MINOKAWA Takuya
Assistant Professor TAKEDA Satoshi
Assistant Professor NAKAMOTO Ayaki
Assistant Professor FUJIMOTO Shinta
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Asamushi
Keywords Embryogenesis; Evolution; Morphogenesis; Ascidian; Sea urchin; Phoronid; Jellyfish; Flatworm; Sea snail; Crab; Tissue shaping; Germline development; Micromere; Gene regulatory network; Intertidal biology; Marine ecology; Symbiosis; Population ecology
Eco-Socio Dynamics
Ecosystem Functions
Faculty Visiting Professor TAYASU Ichiro
Visiting Associate Professor ISHII Reichiro
Campus Humanity and Nature
Keywords Environmental change, Biodiversity, Ecosystem servises
Cooperative faculties
Systems Bioinformatics
Faculty Professor KINOSHITA Kengo
Undergrad
education
Engineering
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Genome, Protein, Personalized medicine
Specially-appointed Professor
Soil Microbiology
Faculty Specially-appointed Professor MINAMISAWA Kiwamu
Campus Katahira
Keywords Soil microorganisms, Rhizobia, Endophytes, Rhizosphere microorganisms, Evolutionary genomics

Molecular and Chemical Life Science

The aim of this major is to approach essential understanding of life phenomena by clarifying the mechanisms at work in living bodies ranging from low-molecular-weight compounds to highly polymerized compounds such as nucleic acids and proteins. This major proactively incorporates an interdisciplinary approach combining chemistry and biology. We conduct research and impart education aiming to develop a methodology to enable healthy control of life phenomena, using fundamental knowledge obtained at the molecular level.

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Chemical Biology
Analytical Bioorganic Chemistry
Faculty Professor ARIMOTO Hirokazu
Assistant Professor TAKAHASHI Daiki
Undergrad
education
Agriculture
Campus Katahira
Keywords chemical biology, autophagy, synthetic organic chemistry
Biostructural Chemistry
Faculty Professor SASAKI Makoto
Assistant Professor UMEHARA Atsushi
Undergrad
education
Agriculture
Campus Katahira
Keywords Natural product synthesis, synthetic organic chemistry, structure-activity relationships, function analysis
Bioactive Molecules
Faculty Professor ISHIKAWA Minoru
Assistant Professor TOMOSHIGE Shusuke
Assistant Professor SATO Shinichi (C)
Undergrad
education
Agriculture
Campus Katahira
Keywords Medicinal chemistry, chemical biology
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Faculty Professor OHASHI Kazumasa
Associate Professor YASUMOTO Ken-ichi
Assistant Professor YAMASHITA Kazunari
Undergrad
education
Science / Chemistry
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Mechanobiology, Signal transduction, Cytoskeleton, Stress Response, Imaging
Applied Biological Molecular Science
Faculty Professor TANAKA Yoshikazu
Assistant Professor YOKOYAMA Takeshi
Undergrad
education
Agriculture
Campus Katahira
Keywords protein, structure analysis, virulence factor, toxin, protein complex, food protein, biomineralization, natural organic compound synthesis enzyme
Molecular and Network Genomics
Microbial Genetics and Genomics
Faculty Professor NAGATA Yuji (C)
Associate Professor OTSUBO Yoshiyuki
Campus Katahira
Keywords Environmental microbiology, genome microbiology, bioremediation of chemical pollutants
Microbial Symbiosis
Faculty Professor HIGASHITANI Atsushi (C)
Associate Professor MITSUI Hisayuki
Campus Katahira
Keywords plant-microbe interactions, stress response, alphaproteobacteria
Plant Molecular Breeding
Faculty Professor WATANABE Masao
Associate Professor KANNO Akira
Campus Katahira
Keywords Epigenetics, Pollen-stigma interaction, Genomics, Evolutionary developmental biology
Molecular Genetics and Physiology
Faculty Professor HIGASHITANI Atsushi
Associate Professor HIDEMA Jun
Assistant Professor TERANISHI Mika
Assistant Professor DAIGAKU Yasukazu (C)
Campus Katahira
Keywords Bioengineering, Genetic diversity and Evolution, Plant-microbe interaction, Repair process, Signal transduction, Stress response
Evolutionary Genomics
Faculty Professor MAKINO Takashi
Lecturer YOKOYAMA Ryusuke
Assistant Professor BESSHO-UEHARA Kanako
Assistant Professor IWASAKI Watal
Assistant Professor ICHINOSE Toshiharu (C)
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Evolutionary genomics, Evolution of duplicated genes, Comparative genomics, Bioinformatics
Multilevel Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics
Molecular Analysis of Biological Functions
Faculty Professor TAKAHASHI Satoshi
Associate Professor KAMAGATA Kiyoto
Assistant Professor OIKAWA Hiroyuki
Campus Katahira
Keywords Protein dynamics, single molecule biology
Biofunctional Chemistry and Nanobiotechnology
Faculty Professor MIZUKAMI Shin
Associate Professor MATSUI Toshitaka
Assistant Professor KOWADA Toshiyuki
Campus Katahira
Keywords Chemical biology, Bioimaging, Photofunctional molecules
Structural Biology
Faculty Professor INABA Kenji
Associate Professor KADOKURA Hiroshi
Assistant Professor WATANABE Satoshi
Campus Katahira
Keywords fusion of structural biology and cell biology, protein science, mechanisms of protein quality control, redox, calcium ion, zinc ion
Microbial Evolution and Function Research
Microbial Evolution and Function Research
Faculty Professor NAGATA Yuji
Lecturer YANO Hirokazu
Assistant Professor KATO Hiromi
Assistant Professor SATO Yukari
Campus Katahira
Keywords bacteria, evolution, bioremediation
Genome Informatics
Omics and Imformatics
Faculty Visiting Professor NAGASE Takahiro
Visiting Associate Professor HIRAKAWA Hideki
Campus Kazusa DNA
Keywords Metabolome analysis, metabolomics, biotechnology, metagenome, gene function analysis, comparative genome analysis, all genome array determination, next-generation sequencer, bioinformatics
Cooperative faculties
Chemical biology of Natural Product
Faculty Professor UEDA Minoru
Undergrad
education
Science / Chemistry
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Natural products chemistry, Chemical biology
Bioorganic Medicinal Chemistry
Faculty Professor DOI Takayuki
Undergrad
education
Pharmaceutical
Campus Aobayama
Keywords natural product synthesis, design and synthesis of bioactive molecules, molecular probe synthesis
Redox Biology
Faculty Professor MOTOHASHI Hozumi
Undergrad
education
Medicine
Campus Seiryo
Keywords KEAP1-NRF2 system, transcriptional regulation, oxidative stress, mitochondria, sulfur metabolism, aging, inflammation, macrophage
Cellular Function
Faculty Professor NAKAYAMA Keiko
Undergrad
education
Medicine
Campus Seiryo
Keywords Cell cycle, Oncogenesis, Next generation sequencer, Genetically engineered mouse, Protein chemistry, Cell biology