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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 2014 academic year. There may be changes to this information in the 2015 academic year.

Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics Laboratory

Kazuo TAMURA
Professor

Medical Genetics, Molecular Biology, Genetic Counseling
We are investigating the association between human individual traits and genome patterns. The genomic detailed analyses clarify much knowledge that are extremely important to life sciences. The human genomic research will contribute to next-generation medical care, such as cancer treatment.
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Molecular Oncology Laboratory

Toshifumi TSUJIUCHI
Professor

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
Professor

Neurodevelopmental Toxicology
Our research focuses on the developmental effects of prenatal or postnatal exposure to environmentally relevant levels of the xenoestrogens, endocrine disruptors, phthalate esters or neonicotinoids. Neurobehavioral changes of rodent newborns or juveniles, histological structure of developing neocortical or hippocampal neurogenesis, and dopaminergic neuronal projections in the rodent embryos and neonates were investigated.
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Bioengineering Laboratory

Yuji HIDAKA
Professor

Peptide and Protein Folding, de novo Design of Bioactive Peptide, Molecular Evolution, Protein Science, Disulfide Bond
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 of the chemical methods to regulate disulfide-coupled peptide and protein folding.
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Laboratory of Environmental Biology

Takeshi MINAMI
Professor

Hygienic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry
How does thimerosal, one of ethyl mercury compound, which is used as a preservative for vaccines, act in fetal central nervous system? Study on the relationship between thimerosal and metallothionein protein.
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Aquatic and Environmental Sciences Laboratory

Hideo YAMAZAKI
Professor

Environmental Analysis
Pollutants discharged by humans into the natural environment have accumulated as sediment in oceans and lakes. By analyzing distribution of the pollutants within this sediment historically and geographically, light is being shed on the relationship between human activities and pollutants in nature.
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Physiology Laboratory

Shigeru YOSHIDA
Professor

Electrophysiology, Neuroscience, Cell 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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Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics

Nao KAGAWA
Associate Professor

Fish Physiology, Behavioral Endocrinology
What are the neural and molecular mechanisms underlying social behavior? Our lab seeks to answer this question by using a wide range of techniques from behavioral observation to genetic analysis. Our research uses fishes, specifically the medaka fish, as a model to discover how the brain is influenced by social interaction and contributes to produce appropriate behaviors.
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Laboratory of Neurogenetics

Kazumasa SAIGOH
Associate Professor

Genome Informatics, Neurogenetics, Medical Genetics
Human brain functions control and maintain the human psyche, senses, and physical activity. Our Lab will clarify the mechanism using a method of human genetic and epigenetic analysis. Our aim is to find the relation of interactions between genetic and environmental factors. These physiological mechanisms will be examined using information based on genome informatics.
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Bioethics Laboratory

Junko TATSUMI
Associate Professor

Bioethics, Medical Genetics, Radiation Effects, Genetic Disease
Birth defects can emerge by the changes of just one gene or one chromosome, or also can happen by the environmental elements during fetal period, such as a baby's exposure to chemicals and viruses in his/her mother's womb. Being born with congenital disabilities is just one of the forms that lies within the vast variety of life, and this should not lead to any form of 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

Haruko HAYASAKA
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

Nobuyuki FUKUSHIMA
Associate Professor

Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Lipid Biology
How is the complexity of neural networks created, what are the determinants of the animal behaviors, and what are the underlying mechanisms common to both the nervous system and cancer? We address these mysterious and interesting questions by using various molecular and cellular biology techniques.
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Laboratory of Food and Nutritional Chemistry

Kaeko MUROTA
Associate Professor

Food Chemistry, Nutritional Chemistry
Food contains a variety of nutrients and functional ingredients, and we eat to live healthy and enjoy the benefit of foods. We have investigated the bioavailability of various nutrients and dietary factors to understand the role of foods for health, using cell culture systems as a model of the intestine and in the animal experiments.
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Molecular Function and Structure Regulation Laboratory

Shigeru SHIMAMOTO
Lecturer

Structural Biology, Thermodynamics
A protein expresses a specific biological activity depending on its own conformation. Therefore, it is important to determine its tertiary structure to investigate the structure-activity relationship of proteins. In our laboratory, we study on ligand-protein interactions, such as prostaglandin/L-PGDS interactions, by means of NMR spectroscopy and calorimetry. In addition, we are now developing the chemical methods of protein modification to regulate their biological activity.
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Laboratory of Environmental Physiology

Ryutaro MORIYAMA
Lecturer

Reproductive Biology, Neuroendocrinology, Endocrinology
Every biological system, from bacterium to human beings, has been made from various ingenious plans to adapt to various external or internal environments, and has come to gain its present shapes, homeostasis and behaviors. Consequently, we make it possible to ensure continuation of the species.
Our laboratory focuses attention on the effect of stress or nutritional condition on reproductive functions.
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Physiology Laboratory

Teruki HAGIWARA
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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