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Features of Education and Research Fields in the Biological Sciences Course

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Education and research in the Biological Sciences Course consist of the two fields, "Molecular and Cell Biology" and "Individual and Population Biology". Our course provides a unique curriculum that is developed and taught by our staff who have very diverse and different specialties but mutually coordinate with each other. The Biological Sciences Course offers three levels of education; (1)basic coursework encompassing a wide range of basic sciences and biological sciences, (2) professional laboratory works and lectures including assorted lessons with low student number limits, and (3) the Final Year Project that is research-based learning as the culmination of this course. Under our education system, students first can build their strong science foundation, and then gradually specialize in the fields they have been growing their scientific interests. The Final Year Project is carried out on research themes of the student-preference-based choice while each student receives individual instructions from her assigned mentors. Students can also attend the fieldworks in rivers, forests, and oceans where they can encounter wild life through their research activities. We have been trying to make our large efforts on promoting scientific English education, including very active student exchange programs with overseas universities such as the University of Leicester in England.


Features of the Curriculum in the Biological Sciences Course

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The Biological Sciences Course aims to educate women who have accurate knowledge not only on natural sciences in general but also focusing on biological sciences, the ability to think logically, advanced communication skills, and the ability to be self-motivated for the advancement of society. Accordingly, the curriculum of specialized education, which utilizes the features of research in this course, involves students in their foundation years learning basic subjects and accumulating a wide range of knowledge on biological sciences and similar scholastic fields, and students in their more advanced years studying from a variety of specialized subjects which they select based on their individual interests and goals. In addition, this course offers education which places importance on being self-motivated and active in order for students to acquire the ability to learn and think for themselves.

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Education and Research Fields

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Exploring the Universality of Life

We cover molecular biology, cell biology, molecular genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, plant morphology, and genomics. Our subjects include the mechanism of gene expression, ultrastructure and function of biomembranes, cell-cell interactions and diversity & classification in protists, plant-microbe interactions, and plant morphogenesis.

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Integrative Biology

Exploring the Diversity of Organisms

We cover developmental biology, cell biology, physiology, molecular genetics, biochemistry, ecology, and evolution. Our subjects include vertebrate development, mammalian reproduction, cancer formation, photoreception, the proliferation and differentiation of plant organelles, water transport in plants, animal behavior, systematics and the evolution of animals, and interspecific relationships.

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Faculty and Research

Molecular and Cellular Biology
Satoshi Kagiwada
Professor
Laboratory
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Molecular biological studies on the structure and function of biomembranes
Kazuhiko Saeki
Professor
Laboratory
Biochemical Genetics
Molecular biology of plant-microbe interactions and nitrogen fixation
Shuichi Sakaguchi
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Cell Biology and Plant Morphology
Studies on the morphogenesis of higher plants
Terue Harumoto
Professor
Laboratory
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
Molecular biological and evolutionary studies on cell-cell interactions in protists
Hisao Yoshikawa
Associate Professor
Laboratory

Molecular Phylogeny and Cell Biology

Phylogeny, classification, and ultrastructure of protists
Mayumi Sugiura
Associate Professor
Laboratory

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Studies on cell-cell interactions and the molecular mechanism of sexual reproduction in ciliates
Shin-ichi Iwaguchi
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Molecular and Cellular Microbiology
Genome biology in pathogenic fungi
Ichiro Nishii
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Molecular and Cell Biology
Studies on evolution of developmental complexities in volvocine algae
Integrative Biology
Keiko Yasuda
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Reproductive Physiology
Physiological and histological studies on mammalian reproduction
Yoichi Yusa
Professor
Population and Community Ecology
Ecological, behavioral, and evolutionary studies on marine and freshwater animals
Toshio Watanabe
Professor
Laboratory
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Mouse Molecular Genetics
Molecular analysis of regulatory proteins in membrane traffic in mice and their roles in human diseases
Satoshi Tamotsu
Professor
Laboratory
Animal and Sensory Physiology
Physiological and histological studies on photoneuroendocrine organs
Atsushi Sakai
Professor
Laboratory

Plant Physiology

Physiological and biochemical studies on plant organelles; plant environmental physiology
Kumi Sato-Nara
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Plant Physiology and Plant Molecular Biology
Molecular biological studies on water transport and morphogenesis in plants
Hiroaki Sato
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Community and Evolutionary Ecology and Systematics
Animal-plant interactions, insect-parasitoid interactions, and lepidopteran taxonomy
Takashi Ida
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Ecology and Evolution of plants
Animal-plant interactions, insect-parasitoid interactions, and lepidopteran taxonomy
Izumi Katano
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Freshwater ecology and conservation
Biodiversity-environment interactions, community ecology, and ecosystem management in freshwater habitats
Emi Kawano-Yamashita
Assistant Professor
Laboratory
Animal Physiology and Photobiology
Physiological analysis of non-visual photoreception in lower vertebrates

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