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Department of Molecular and Chemical Life Sciences

Department of Molecular and Chemical Life Sciences

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