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An introduction to faculty staff members and laboratories in the Department of Life Science.

Note: Information on the laboratories is current as of the 2018 academic year. There may be changes to this information in the 2019 academic year.

Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics Laboratory


Medical Genetics, Cancer Gnetics & Genomics, Genetic Counseling, Molecular Biology, Surgery
Research looks into the relationship between human traits and the genes and genome behind these traits. Much can be understood through patient study of the genome sequence, and there is hope that the technologies derived from such study can be applied to new methods of cancer treatment.
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Molecular Oncology Laboratory


Molecular Oncology, Diagnostic Pathology, Experimental Pathology
Cancer progresses in stages: as genetic abnormalities accumulate, it progresses from precancerous lesions to cancer. In addition to searching for genetic mutations of unfavorable prognoses, refractory cancer, such as in pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, and bone cancer, research includes cell function analysis through the creation of cancer cells to knock down target genes. The goal is to shed light on molecular mechanisms in cancer infiltration and metastases, and in the acquisition of resistance to anti-cancer drugs.
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Laboratory of Developmental Biology

Tetsuji NAGAO

Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology, Neurodevelopmental Toxicology
Research is conducted into the histological and functional effects that environmental chemicals, such as agrochemicals containing dioxins and phthalate ester and having hormone-like activity, have on the development and progress of fetuses and newborns and of their brains. Laboratory mice are used to determine the effects at the histological and individual level, and at the cellular and molecular level.
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Bioengineering Laboratory


Peptide and Protein Folding, Physiological Activity, Molecular Evolution, Genetic Engineering, Peptide and Protein Science, Disulfide Binding
The conformational changes of the native proteins cause several diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease. Disulfide bonds play a critical role in the maintenance of the native (bioactive) conformation of peptides and proteins under thermodynamic or kinetic control. Therefore, it is important to regulate disulfide bond formation in protein folding. We currently focus on the development the chemical methods to regulate disulfide-coupled peptide and protein folding
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Laboratory of Environmental Biology

Takeshi MINAMI

Hygienic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry
How does thimerosal, a type of ethyl mercury compound, which is used as a preservative for vaccines, act in the central nervous system of a fetus? Research focuses on the connection between this and the presence of the protein metallothionein.
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Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics

Associate Professor

Fish Physiology, Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
What controls the wide range of behaviors we see in animals? Focusing on the genes that develop in the brain, the center of behavior, fish are used to conduct research into the mechanisms that control behavior.
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Laboratory of Genome Informatics and Neurology

Kazumasa SAIGOH
Associate Professor

Genome Informatics, Neurogenetics, Medical Genetics
People’s psyche, senses, and physical activity are all controlled and maintained by our complex, higher brain functions. These physiological actions are examined using information based on genome informatics, and from the findings medical applications are sought.
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Bioethics Laboratory

Associate Professor

Bioethics, Medical Genetics, Effects of Radiation, Genetic Disorders
Birth defects are caused by people having the wrong genes or chromosomes, as well as by the environment in the womb. People born with birth defects have lives to live just like everyone else and they should not be subject to discrimination. According to UNESCO’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
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Immune Molecular Function Laboratory

Associate Professor

Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Immunology
Immune cells act to protect us from disease-causing agents by attacking them. Cancer cells move from the primary lesion to other organs and proliferate. Research is conducted on the mechanisms of how cells move around inside the body and work in a specific location.
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Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory

Associate Professor

Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Lipid Biology
How is the complex neural circuitry of the brain created, what affects the actions of animals, and what mechanisms do nerves and cancer share? The mysteries behind these questions are delved into using research drawing on molecular biology.
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Computational Life Science


Computational Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Protein-protein interaction, Infections, Drug Resistance, Molecular Evolution
We aim to elucidate various phenomena in the life sciences, including molecular evolution, drug susceptibility, and protein-protein interactions, using computational chemistry and bioinformatics that utilize computers and supercomputer.
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Molecular Function and Structure Regulation Laboratory


Structural Biology, Thermodynamics
The function of proteins depends on its native tertiary structure. In order to clarify their function mechanism and regulate their function, we perform the structure determination of proteins and thermodynamic analysis.
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Laboratory of Environmental Physiology


Reproductive Biology, Neuroendocrinology, Endocrinology
Organisms have adopted characteristics suitable to their habitat so that they can survive individually and so that their species can carry on. Research is conducted into the mechanisms of how factors such as changes in nutritional conditions and internal and external stress control reproductive functions.
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Environmental Biology Laboratory

Assistant Professor

Cell Biology, Molecular Biology
1) Using cells extracted from mice, investigation is carried out on the effect of drugs on cerebral ventricle ependymal cell ciliary beating and on oocyte CA2+ oscillations. 2) Investigation is carried out on the transport of sodium ions across the alveolar epithelium, and changes during inflammation.
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