Department of Life Science
Various seemingly mysterious biological phenomena, such as heredity, metabolism, development, morphogenesis, motility, immunity etc, are all based on the complex and elaborate molecular structure and cooperative interactions of the biological molecules including proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. Molecular mechanisms of life, which are being elucidated by modern technologies and ingenuity, not only stimulate our curiosity immensely, but also lead to applications in medicine, pharmacology and engineering. Department of Life Science consists of three major fields: Biodynamics (Biological Physics, Molecular and Cellular Dynamics), Structure and Function of Biomolecules (Chemistry of Functional Molecules, Structural Analysis), and Bioinformation and Regulation (Biomolecular Reaction, Molecular Genetics). These laboratories which are equipped with advanced facilities are cooperatively pursuing research in order to elucidate the intriguing mechanism and dynamic states at the atomic and molecular level. In the graduate education, the department emphasizes the importance of youthful zest and creative thinking in order for the students to pursue their own research.