Faculty and Researchers

Department of Life Science

An introduction to faculty staff members and laboratories in the Department of Life Science.
Note: Information on the laboratories is current as of the 2019 academic year. There may be changes to this information in the 2020 academic year.

Kazuo TAMURA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
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.

Toshifumi TSUJIUCHI

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.

Yuji HIDAKA

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

Nao KAGAWA

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.

Junko TATSUMI

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Bioethics Laboratory
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.”

Haruko HAYASAKA

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.

Nobuyuki FUKUSHIMA

Position
Associate 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.

Norihito KAWASHITA

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.

Munekazu KOMADA

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.

Shigeru SHIMAMOTO

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.

Teruki HAGIWARA

Position
Lecturer
Laboratory
Environmental Biology Laboratory
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.

Ryutaro MORIYAMA

Position
Lecturer
Laboratory
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.

Otsuka AIRI

Position
Assistant Professor