Students in the Department of Life Science and Biotechnology can acquire wide-ranging scientific skills, and learn the use of highly specialized technologies in life science based on chemistry and biology. The field covers all microorganisms, plants, insects, and mammals. The courses offered are suitable for those planning to go to graduate school, as well as life science, agricultural, chemical, pharmaceutical, medical and other professional schools. Graduates at the bachelor level may also find work in the biotechnology field. Two specialized courses are available for third and fourth year students. In both, students have the opportunity to study current topics such as organic synthesis, molecular structure, nuclear magnetic resonance, gene manipulation, genetic information, tissue culture, molecular biology, cell fusion, cellular information, protein engineering, environmental biochemistry, informational molecules, microbial technology, and food science and nutrition. The courses are Applied Bioscience and Biotechnology and Biomolecular and Bioinformation.

 Academic Advisor  Main Research Projects
Prof. T.Ishikawa Plant molecular physiology of reactive oxygen species and antioxidants
Prof. M.Kawamukai Molecular mechanism that regulates cell differentiation in fission yeast. Elucidation of biosynthesis of coenzyme Q10
Prof. T.Shiotsuki Molecular analysis of mechanisms in insect molting, metamorphosis, diapause, and phase polyphenism,functional analyses of genes and proteins for insect pest control
Prof. T.Yamamoto Molecular spectroscopic studies on bio-molecules
Prof. K.Yokota Molecular cell biology of lipid mediators involved in the cell signal transduction, Biochemistry and molecular nutrition on the regulation of mammalian cell function by food-derived factors and biomedicines
Assoc.Prof. I.Ikeda Design and synthesis of bioactive molecules
Assoc.Prof. T.Ogawa Plant molecular physiology, metabolism and regulatory mechanism of cofactors.
Assoc.Prof. T.Kaino Elucidation of biosynthesis, regulatory mechanism and function of Coenzyme Q (ubiquinone)
Assoc.Prof. M.Jisaka Structure and function of enzymes involved in lipid metabolism via hydroperoxidation
Assoc.Prof. H.Shimizu Study on the relationship between intestinal bacterial metabolites and pathogenesis of diseases.
Assoc.Prof. T.Maruta Redox regulation in higher plants: cytotoxic effect and signal function of reactive oxygen species
Assis.Prof. K.Furuta Development of insect growth regulators targeting Juvenile hormone
Assis.Prof. Y.Matsuo Molecular function of signal transduction network that is regulated by cAMP in fission yeast
Assis.Prof. K.Yoshikiyo  Molecular recognition abilities of cyclodextrins