The Department of Life Sciences, launched in 2018 by integrating the former two departments relating to biology and life technology, has set a mission to foster human resources that are required for our creative society. Our new education and research programs aim to provide undergraduate students with fundamental knowledge in biology, ecology and life sciences, as well as skills applicable in the fields of drug design, food, medical and agricultural sciences. In the second year grade, the department will provide four courses to advance students’ knowledge and skills in more specialized ways. “Cell Biology” and “Aquatic Biology and Biodiversity” courses offer biology and ecology-oriented curricula. Research areas are protozoan ecology and cell biology, symbiosis between protozoa and alga, plant physiology, biotechnology and molecular biology, systematic and evolutionary botany, behavioral and theoretical ecology, molecular physiology of sensory reception, developmental biology, evolutionary genetics, histology, hair biology and marine biology. “Biochemistry and Life Sciences” and “Food and Life Sciences” courses offer chemistry and biotechnology-oriented curricula. Research areas are organic synthesis, molecular structure, nuclear magnetic resonance, gene manipulation, genetic information, tissue culture, molecular biology, cellular information, environmental biochemistry, informational molecules, microbial technology, and food science and nutrition.


 Cell Biology Course

 Academic Advisor  Main Research Projects
Prof. K.Akama Studies on regulatory mechanism of tRNA gene expression and physiological function of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in plants
Prof. A.Nishikawa Mechanism of myogenesis and interdigital cell death in amphibian
Prof. T.Matsuzaki Control mechanisms of hair formation and hair cycle
Assoc.Prof. H.Ishida Cell motility mechanisms of protists
Assoc.Prof. Y.Kodama Elucidation of the mechanism that establishes endosymbiosis between the ciliate Paramecium bursaria and Chlorella spp.
Assis.Prof. T.Akihiro Isolation and characterization of the novel membrane transport protein from the plant
Assis.Prof.Y.Yamaguchi Comparative physiology and endocrinology of body fluid regulation in vertebrates

Aquatic Biology and Biodiversity Course

 Academic Advisor  Main Research Projects
Prof. F.Aranishi Molecular evolutionary, ecological and conservative genetics of aquatic organisms
Prof. N.Hirohashi Reproductive physiology of marine invertebrates
Prof. S.-J.Lin Plant reproduction and evolutional diversity
Assoc.Prof. T.Takahara Behavioral ecology and bio-monitoring using environmental DNA in aquatic animals
Assoc.Prof. A.Mougi Theoretical study on maintenance mechanism of biodiversity
Assis.Prof.K.Sugai Ecological genetics of woody plants on islands

Biochemistry and Life Sciences Course

 Academic Advisor  Main Research Projects
Prof. T.Ishikawa Physiology and metabolism of ascorbic acid in plants and microalgae
Prof. T.Shiotsuki Chemical biology and molecular mechanisms in regulation of insect development and their application
Prof. T.Yamamoto Biomedical applications of Raman spectroscopy
Assoc.Prof. I.Ikeda Design and synthesis of bioactive molecules
Assoc.Prof. T.Ogawa Metabolism and regulatory mechanism of cofactors in plants
Assoc.Prof. T.Maruta Redox control and stress response in plants
Assoc.Prof. K.Yoshikiyo Molecular recognition engineering using cyclodextrins

Food and Life Sciences Course

 Academic Advisor  Main Research Projects
Prof. M. Kawamukai Molecular genetics and application of yeast
Prof. K. Murota Elucidation of the bioavailability of lipophilic functional food factors
Prof. K.Yokota Biochemistry and molecular cell biology on health benefit of food-derived factors and biopharmaceuticals
Assoc.Prof. T.Kaino Elucidation of biosynthesis, regulatory mechanism and function of coenzyme Q (ubiquinone)
Assoc.Prof. H.Shimizu Study on the relationship between food-derived intestinal bacterial metabolites or cyanobacteria-derived toxins, and pathogenesis of diseases
Assoc.Prof. M.Jisaka Structure and function of enzymes involved in lipid peroxidation and following reactions
Assoc.Prof. K.Nishimura Membrane trafficking machinery of proteins in plant cells
Assoc.Prof. Y.Matsuo Cell signaling in fission yeast