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Doctoral Program in Natural Science and Ecological Awareness

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Introduction of School

Human lifestyles are conducted within interrelationships between humans and a range of environments, with the goal of achieving health, safety, and comfort based on a theme of harmony with the environment. In this backdrop, humans maintain a state of homeostasis in terms of both the physical body and life activities. The goal of this School is to accumulate knowledge from a natural science perspective to achieve a harmony between physical life activities and the environment. In order to conduct comprehensive education and research targeting problems related to human environments from a microscopic and macroscopic perspective and seek a path of coexistence between humans and the environment that surrounds them, we must not only conduct deeper research into the interactions among these stratified organic phenomena, living organisms, and the environment, but also undertake both integrated and interdisciplinary education and research aimed at achieving a harmony between these elements.
With this goal in mind, the School of Natural Science and Ecological Awareness offers the following three Departments.

Educational Philosophy

The primary mission of the School of Natural Science and Ecological Awareness is to conduct research and education focusing on the establishment of safe, comfortable human lifestyles and healthy human living environments; the creation of functional materials and material conversion systems characterized by a minimal environmental load; and the study of biological phenomena and harmonious living environments.
To achieve this goal, the School fosters individuals who can contribute to the construction of healthy human living environments, for example through the application of foods, chemical substances, and lifestyle materials to safe and comfortable human lifestyles, or through the prevention of lifestyle-related diseases based on bioscience methods or an understanding of organic reactions at the molecular or solid-state level; individuals who can apply nano-molecular science to create functional materials and material conversion systems characterized by a minimal environmental load; and individuals who can conceptualize harmonious environments and organisms through an understanding of the genetics and biological characteristics of organisms, biological phenomena, and the interactions of other organisms with environmental substances

Expectations of Students

The School of Natural Science and Ecological Awareness aims to foster individuals with an interest in investigating relationships between humans and their environment based on methods rooted in the natural sciences. We thus welcome students with the following objectives:

  • Persons wishing to contribute to the preservation of a harmonious human living environment
  • Persons wishing to establish healthy and comfortable living environments in terms of food, clothing, and shelter in an aging society
  • Persons wishing to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills related to the synthesis of materials and chemical reactions with attention to harmony with human environments, and to develop new materials that offer a high level of function and performance
  • Persons wishing to develop healthy, safe, comfortable, and harmonious environments based on an understanding of live processes, and to resolve issues related to human lifestyles
  • Persons wishing to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills related to lifestyle-related materials
  • Persons wishing to pursue careers in university education or research at institutions related to the fields of environment or basic sciences such as biology and chemistry
  • Persons wishing to participate in government policymaking processes related to the preservation of the environment and the improvement of living conditions
  • Persons wishing to establish environmental indexes and conduct environmental risk and benefit assessments
  • Persons wishing to acquire the latest knowledge and skills in biotechnology, and to contribute to society through activities in academic fields or industries such as food and pharmaceuticals
  • Persons wising to take on leadership roles in planning healthy environments for individuals and communities based on behavior modification theory

Department of Interdisciplinary Materials Science

This Department focuses on materials from an organizational and comprehensive perspective, ranging from micro constructions and reactions on a molecular level to micro functions. Specifically, it undertakes both theoretical and experimental education and research on such themes as the relationships between material and chemical characteristics and micro constructions; dynamics of changes in form in the microcosm, and changes in materials due to chemical reactions and synthesis. This type of education and research field forms the foundations for developments with a harmony between materials and human environments. As such, the goal of the School is to foster individuals that can contribute to society with advanced knowledge in a broad range of fields, including the human environmental problems mentioned above.
To this end, education and research is promoted through collaborations among teaching staff in the fields of fundamental chemistry and functional chemistry.

Tomokazu Yoshimura
Physical Chemistry of Condensed Matter
Physical chemistry of soft matter: Surfactants, amphiphilic polymers, and metal nanoparticles
Yasutaka Kataoka
Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Design and synthesis of high-performance transition metal complex catalysts and development of novel environmentally friendly synthetic organic reactions
Yasuyuki Ura
Associate Professor
Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Research on the synthesis, reactivity, and catalytic function of novel transition metal complexes toward a sustainable future
Takashi Kajiwara
Material Chemistry
Research on the physical properties of nano-sized metal complexes in a solid state
Kenichi Kinugawa
Theoretical Physical Chemistry
Molecular simulations aiming at a priori design and the investigation of molecular ensembles and condensed matter
Yasuhito Ohta
Associate Professor
Theoretical Physical Chemistry
Computational physical chemistry: Quantum dynamics of molecular systems
Takashi Nakazawa
Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences
Development of methods for studies on the structure, function, and interaction of biomcromolecules, especially proteins
Yuji Mikata
Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences
Design and photofunctionalization of metalloproteins
Takae Takeuchi
Associate Professor
Polymer Chemistry
Study of chemical reaction mechanisms of molecules and ions using mass spectrometry and quantum mechanics
Tomoaki Tanase
Organometallic and Coordination Chemistry
Organometallic, coordination, and bioinorganic chemistry based on multinuclear metal centers
Takayuki Nakajima
Associate Professor
Organometallic and Coordination Chemistry
Development of new functions and reactions based on organometallic clusters and synthesis of supramolecules comprised of metal clusters
Hiroshi Fujii
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Hiroshi Takashima
Associate Professor
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Synthetic studies of small molecules with bioactivity and analyses of their function

Department of Biological Science and Environment

This Department undertakes research and education aimed at clarifying environmental response functions and interactions demonstrated by a wide range of biological organisms, including humans, in a variety of living environments, as well as by groups of organisms, cells, and biological molecules. The Department covers a broad range of education fields from fundamentals to applications, with a specific focus on issues related to how the activities of humans and other organisms are regulated by environmental factors, and how these environments (ecological systems) can be protected. To achieve this goal, education and research conducted by this Department targets fields including biomacromolecules, which focuses on the construction and physiological functions of biomolecules; bio-information, which targets genetic information and the changes in structures and functions that result from the expression of that information; the field of biofunctions, which focuses on the various biological phenomena expressed by organs and organizations; and the field of group functions, which focuses on behaviors and ecosystems in the context of biological organisms and groups.

Satoshi Kagiwada
Molecular Cell Biology
Molecular biological studies on the structure and function of biomembranes
Satoshi Tamotsu
Animal and Sensory Physiology
Physiological and histological studies on photoneuroendocrine organs
Shuichi Sakaguchi
Associate Professor
Cell Biology and Plant Morphology
Studies on the morphogenesis of higher plants
Hisao Yoshikawa
Associate Professor
Molecular Phylogeny and Cell Biology
Phylogeny, classification, and ultrastructure of protists
Terue Harumoto
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
Molecular biological and evolutionary studies on cell-cell interactions in protists
Toshio Watanabe
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Mouse Molecular Genetics
Molecular analysis of regulatory proteins in membrane traffic in mice and their roles in human diseases
Atsushi Sakai
Plant Physiology
Physiological and biochemical studies on the proliferation and differentiation of plant organelles; Studies on the responses of individual plants to environmental changes
Yoichi Yusa
Population and Community Ecology
Ecological, behavioral, and evolutionary studies on marine and freshwater animals
Hiroaki Sato
Associate Professor
Community and Evolutionary Ecology and Systematics
Animal-plant interactions, insect-parasitoid interactions, and lepidopteran taxonomy
Kumi Sato-Nara
Associate Professor
Plant Physiology and Plant Molecular Biology
Molecular biological studies on water transport and morphogenesis in plants
Kazuhiko Saeki
Biochemical Genetics
Molecular biology of plant-microbe interactions and nitrogen fixation
Shin-ichi Iwaguchi
Associate Professor
Molecular and Cellular Microbiology
Genome biology in pathogenic fungi
Keiko Yasuda
Reproductive Physiology
Physiological and histological studies on mammalian reproduction
Ichiro Nishii
Associate Professor
Molecular and Cell Biology
Studies on evolution of developmental complexities in volvocine algae