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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 Hiromu Tanimoto
Associate Professor Nobuhiro Yamagata
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Katahira
Keywords The neural foundation of sensory processing and memory and learning, behavioral analysis, neuroanatomy
Neurogenetics
Faculty Professor Atsushi Higashitani (C)
Visiting Professor Daisuke Yamamoto
Associate Professor Masayuki Koganesawa
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Katahira
Keywords Brain gender difference, genes and behavior
Brain Development
Faculty Professor Kentaro Abe
Assistant Professor Masashi Tanaka
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 Ken-ichiro Tsutsui
Assistant Professor Shinya Ohara
Assistant Professor Shinya Nakamura
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Katahira
Keywords Higher order brain functions, systems neuroscience
Cellular Network
Membrane Trafficking Mechanisms
Faculty Professor Mitsunori Fukuda
Assistant Professor Naonobu Fujita
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Intracellular vesicle transport, melanosome transport, autophagy, secretion,neurotransmitter release, small GTPase Rab
Developmental Dynamics
Faculty Professor Asako Sugimoto
Assistant Professor Nami Haruta
Assistant Professor Shinsuke Niwa
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Katahira
Keywords Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, Live Imaging
Organelle Pathophysiology
Faculty Professor Tomohiko Taguchi
Assistant Professor Kojiro Mukai
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 Ko Matsui
Lecture Toru Ishizuka
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
Developmental Regulation Network
Germ Cell Development
Faculty Professor Yasuhisa Matsui
Assistant Professor yohei hayashi
Undergrad
education
Medicine
Campus Seiryo
Keywords germ cell, pluripotential stem cell, epigenetic regulation, metabolic regulation
Cancer Biology
Faculty Professor Natsuko Chiba
Assistant Professor Yuki Yoshino
Assistant Professor Kei Otsuka
Campus Seiryo
Keywords Tumor suppressor, centrosome, DNA damage response, genome integrity
Developmental Neurobiology
Faculty Professor Toshihiko Ogura
Assistant Professor Atsushi Kubo
Assistant Professor Ken Matsumoto
Campus Seiryo
Keywords Developmental biology, new mechanobiology
Cooperative faculities
Developmental Neuroscience
Faculty Professor Noriko Osumi
Undergrad
education
Medicine
Campus Seiryo
Keywords Brain Development, Transgenerational epigenetis
Molecular Oncology
Faculty Professor Kozo Tanaka
Undergrad
education
Medicine
Campus Seiryo
Keywords Cell division, Cancer, Aging
Experimental Immunology
Faculty Professor Toshiyuki Takai
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 Junko Kyozuka
Assistant Professor Satoshi Naramoto
Assistant Professor Aino Komatsu
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Katahira
Keywords Plant Architecture, Meristem, growth program
Histogenetic Dynamics
Faculty Professor Erina Kuranaga
Assistant Professor Daiki Umetsu
Assistant Professor Yuichiro Nakajima
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords histogenesis, Cell migration, Cell death
Plant Sensory and Developmental Biology
Faculty Professor Hideyuki Takahashi
Associate Professor Nobuharu Fujii
Assistant Professor Akie Kobayashi
Campus Katahira
Keywords gravimorphogenesis, gravitropism, hydrotropism, circumnutation, sex expression of flowers in cucurbits
Organ Morphogenesis
Faculty Professor Koji Tamura
Assistant Professor Gembu Abe
Assistant Professor Daisuke Saito
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Morphogenesis, organ regeneration
Plant Cell Wall Biology
Faculty Professor Kazuhiko Nishitani
Lecture Ryusuke Yokoyama
Assistant Professor Takeshi Kuroha
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Plants, Cell wall, Molecular biology, Signaling,Hormones
Ecological Dynamics
Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
Faculty 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
Faculty Professor Koki Hikosaka
Assistant Professor Riichi Oguchi
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Plant ecophysiology, Plant ecology, Photosynthesis, Environmental adaptation
Evolutionary Biology
Faculty Professor Masakado Kawata
Assistant Professor Shinichiro Maruyama
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Evolutionary biology, Ecology
Ecological Integration
Faculty Professor Michio Kondoh
Associate Professor Satoki Sakai
Assistant Professor Masahiro Aiba
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Structure and dynamics of ecological systems, Plant Evolutionary Ecology, data-driven ecology
Biodiversity Dynamics
Plant Diversity and Evolution
Faculty Professor Masayuki Maki
Assistant Professor Koji Yonekura
Assistant Professor Motonari Ohyama
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Kawauchi
Keywords Plant diversity, plant evolution, species preservation
Conservation Biology
Faculty Professor Satoshi Chiba
Associate Professor Shuichi Shikano
Undergrad
education
Science / Biology
Campus Kawauchi
Keywords Biodiversity preservation, evolutionary ecology, biogeography
Marine Biodiversity
Faculty Professor Gaku Kumano
Professor Jotaro Urabe (C)
Associate Professor Takuya Minokawa
Assistant Professor Satoshi Takeda
Assistant Professor Ayaki Nakamoto
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 Toru Nakashizuka
Campus Humanity and Nature
Keywords Environmental change, Biodiversity, Ecosystem servises
Cooperative faculities
Systems Bioinformatics
Faculty Professor Kengo Kinoshita
Undergrad
education
Engineering
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Genome, Protein, Personalized medicine

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 Biooganic Chemistry
Faculty Professor Hirokazu Arimoto
Assistant Professor Kaori Itto
Undergrad
education
Agriculture
Campus Katahira
Keywords chemical biology, autophagy, synthetic organic chemistry
Biostructural Chemistry
Faculty Professor Makoto Sasaki
Undergrad
education
Agriculture
Campus Katahira
Keywords Natural product synthesis, synthetic organic chemistry, structure-activity relationships, function analysis
Bioactive Molecules
Faculty Professor Yoshikazu Tanaka
Visiting Professor Shinjiro Yamaguchi
Assistant Professor Kiyoshi Mashiguchi
Undergrad
education
Agriculture
Campus Katahira
Keywords Plant hormones, biologically active substances, plant physiology
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Faculty Professor Kazumasa Ohashi
Associate Professor Ken-ichi Yasumoto
Assistant Professor Kazunari Yamashita
Undergrad
education
Science / Chemistry
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Mechanobiology, Signal transduction, Cytoskeleton, Stress Response, Imaging
Applied Biological Molecular Science
Faculty 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
Molecular and Network Genomics
Microbial Genetics and Genomics
Faculty Professor Masataka Tsuda
Associate Professor Yoshiyuki Otsubo
Campus Katahira
Keywords Environmental microbiology, genome microbiology, bioremediation of chemical pollutants
Microbial Symbiosis
Faculty Professor Kiwamu Minamisawa
Associate Professor Hisayuki Mitsui
Assistant Professor Masayuki Sugawara
Campus Katahira
Keywords Plant-microbe symbiosis science (root nodule bacteria, endophytes), agrobiotechnology
Plant Molecular Breeding
Faculty Professor Masao Watanabe
Associate Professor Akira Kanno
Campus Katahira
Keywords Epigenetics, Pollen-stigma interaction, Genomics, Evolutionary developmental biology
Molecular Genetics and Physiology
Faculty 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
Evolutionary Genomics
Faculty Professor Takashi Makino
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 Satoshi Takahashi
Assistant Professor Kiyoto Kamagata
Assistant Professor Hiroyuki Oikawa
Campus Katahira
Keywords Protein dynamics, single molecule biology
Biofunctional Chemistry and Nanobiotechnology
Faculty Professor Shin Mizukami
Associate Professor Toshitaka Matsui
Assistant Professor Toshiyuki Kowada
Campus Katahira
Keywords Chemical biology, Bioimaging, Photofunctional molecules
Structural Biology
Faculty Professor Kenji Inaba
Associate Professor Hiroshi Kadokura
Assistant Professor Satoshi Watanabe
Campus Katahira
Keywords Protein quality control, structural biology
Microbial Evolution and Function Research
Microbial Evolution and Function Research
Faculty Professor Yuji Nagata
Lecture Hirokazu Yano
Assistant Professor Hiromi Kato
Assistant Professor Yukari Sato
Campus Katahira
Keywords bacteria, evolution, bioremediation
Genome Informatics
Omics and Imformatics
Faculty 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
Cooperative faculities
Chemical biology of Natural Product
Faculty Professor Minoru Ueda
Undergrad
education
Science / Chemistry
Campus Aobayama
Keywords Natural products chemistry, Chemical biology
Bioorganic Medicinal Chemistry
Faculty Professor Takayuki Doi
Undergrad
education
Pharmaceutical
Campus Aobayama
Keywords natural product synthesis, design and synthesis of bioactive molecules, molecular probe synthesis
Redox Biology
Faculty Professor Hozumi Motohashi
Undergrad
education
Medicine
Campus Seiryo
Keywords KEAP1-NRF2 system, transcriptional regulation, oxidative stress, mitochondria, sulfur metabolism, aging, inflammation, macrophage
Cellular Function
Faculty Professor Keiko Nakayama
Undergrad
education
Medicine
Campus Seiryo
Keywords Cell cycle, Oncogenesis, Next generation sequencer, Genetically engineered mouse, Protein chemistry, Cell biology