Faculty and Researchers

Biology and Life Sciences

An introduction to faculty staff members and laboratories in the Biology and Life Sciences.
Note: Information on the laboratories is current as of the 2020 academic year. There may be changes to this information in the 2021 academic year.

IDA Tamio

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Micro-Energy Laboratory
Renewable Energy, Microcombustion Science, Scale Modeling Engineering, Coating/Drying Engineering

We do research and education in multiple domains, while, with a focus on areas such as biofuel, hyperthermia for treating brain cancer, and microcombustion science, fostering industry-government-academia tie-ups, collaborating with other faculties and departments, and doing joint research in other fields—in Japan and internationally.

KAMIYAMA Tadashi

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Biophysical Chemistry, Solution Chemistry

Research on elucidating the so-called “blueprint” and “operating manual” of proteins by understanding the nature of proteins under a variety of conditions (temperature, pressure, solvents, additives, etc.).

SAGA Yoshitaka

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Biological Chemistry Laboratory
Photobiological Chemistry

We focus on the mechanisms of photobiological reactions, such as photosynthesis, at the molecular level. In addition, we develop photofunctional nanomaterials that will contribute to solve energy and environmental issues.

TSUJIUCHI Toshifumi

Position
Professor
Laboratory
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.

HASHISHIN Yuichi

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Applied Laser Engineering Laboratory
Applied Laser Engineering Laser Surgery and Medicine Laser Safety

This laboratory has a wide variety of laser equipment, as well as analyzers and observation systems. We conduct experiments on the use of lasers to cut wood, bone, and meat. We are also doing R&D on practical applications of lasers in the medical and healthcare fields as well as in industry.

HIDAKA Yuji

Position
Professor
Laboratory
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

FUKUSHIMA Nobuyuki

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory
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.

MAKI Teruya

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Environmental Microbiology Lab.
Environmental Microbiology, Bioaerosols, Airborne microorganisms, Public health, Climate change

MATSUI Kazuaki

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Environmental Biological Science Laboratory
Urban Microbial Ecology, Human Impacts on Microbial Ecosystems

We are working on a variety of research projects to understand the urban aquatic microbial ecosystems. Our current interest is the dynamics and distribution of bacterial heavy metal and antibiotic resistance genes in urbanized environment. We also try to elucidate the quantitative relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning with microbes.

MATSUDA Toshiro

Position
Professor

YAMANISI Hirokuni

Position
Professor
Environmental ionizing radiation, Evaluation of radiation dose, Radiation protection

KAGAWA Nao

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics
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.

KITAMATSU Mizuki

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Bio-Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Chemical Biology, Peptide Chemistry

This laboratory specializes in peptide chemistry and bio-organic chemistry. Our research efforts revolve around creating non-naturally occurring peptides and nucleic acids having new functions that are unavailable in natural peptides/proteins and nucleic acids.

NISHIYAMA Masayoshi

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Laboratory for Dynamic Living Systems
Biophysics, Bioimaging

Biomolecules are nanometer-sized molecular machines working in living cells. Our research goal is to elucidate the operating principle how biological molecular machines work efficiently in collaboration with water molecules.

HAYASAKA Haruko

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Immune Molecular Function Laboratory
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.

KAWASHITA Norihito

Position
Lecturer
Laboratory
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.

KISHITA Yoshihito

Position
Lecturer
Laboratory
Genome Sciences Lab.
Molecular biology, Human genetics, Genome analysis, Mitochondria

Human genome is the master blueprint of the human body. We investigate how gene mutations cause diseases. It aims at the elucidation of disease pathology and the development of drug discovery research using genome analysis and genome editing technology.

KOMADA Munekazu

Position
Lecturer
Laboratory
Mammalian Embryology
Anatomy, Developmental Neurotoxicology, Congenital Anomaly

I would like to clarify the influence of maternal environment during pregnancy on the development and development of children. In addition, I aim to prevent birth defects and contribute to the healthy growth of children. I would like to engage in the development of human resources who wish for the birth and growth of children who will lead the next generation.

SHIMAMOTO Shigeru

Position
Lecturer
Laboratory
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.

HAGIWARA Teruki

Position
Lecturer
Laboratory
Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology
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.

MORIYAMA Ryutaro

Position
Lecturer
Laboratory
Laboratory of Environmental Physiology
Reproductive Biology, Physiology, Neuroendocrinology

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.

IKEDA Hiroko

Position
Assistant Professor
Laboratory
Molecular Oncology Laboratory
Radiation Biology, Cell Biology, Space Biology

To establish effective radiation therapy, we are investigating to evaluate the mechanisms underlying the acquisition of resistance for radiation treatment in cancer cells. Additionally, our approach is to assess the combined effects of radiation and simulated microgravity on human body during prolonged stay in space.

OTSUKA Airi

Position
Assistant Professor
Laboratory
Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics
Nutrition, Food Functional Science, Physiology

Social stress is a form of mental stress associated with human relationships that underlies the pathogenesis of mental disorders such as depression. We examine the effect of nutritional approach to social stress and explain the mechanism of reducing psychosocial stress by food.