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Department of Biology

The 21st century is predicted to be the "century for life science." In fact, life science topics such as human genome mapping, cloning, and regenerative medical science are already talked about on a daily basis. Meanwhile, contemporary society is being flooded with even more critical issues such as the preservation of the global environment, the establishment of medical ethics, and the securing of food.

The Department of Biology has, since the opening of Konan University, made great efforts to provide a distinctive educational experience as a private university department. First and foremost, specific teaching goals include the imparting of a solid grounding in the basics of biology. Secondly, exposing students to the rapidly advancing information related to life science and training them in the knowledge and techniques related to biotechnology are emphasized. This amounts to an educational system established in order to train future engineers and researchers to make valuable contributions to society. Furthermore, the department strives to nurture young people to be able to grasp and tackle the various issues which society faces, taking the reigns to find the best solutions.

The curriculum found at the graduate school aims to train people to become experts in their fields of work and play active roles in society. Graduates move on to work actively in many spheres such as the manufacturing industry.

Faculty member
Name Title Field of Research Subject of Research
IMAI, Hiroyuki Professor Plant Biochemistry The focus of my research is to utilize modern biochemical, cellular and molecular techniques to investigate the questions involved in plant sphingolipid metabolism and function.
KUSAKABE, Takehiro Professor Developmental Biology Studies on the evolution and development of the nervous system and sensory organs in chordates.
TANAKA, Osamu Professor Plant Physiology The mechanisms of flower induction and fruit-body formation. The generation of stable plant transformants.
HONDA, Daiske Professor Systematics, Environmental Ecology Taxonomic and ecological studies of the protists and algae based on ultrastructure and molecular phylogeny.
KUHARA, Atsushi Associate Professor Neurosicience Sensation, memory, and acclimation in temperature response on the nervous system of C. elegant
MUKAI, Masanori Associate Professor Genetics Analyses of molecular mechanism required for Meiosis in Drosophila melanogaster
WATANABE, Youhei Associate Professor Biochemistry Studies on the mechanisms of the molecular chaperones, that assist protein folding.
GOTOH, Ayako Lecturer Entomology Studies on the reproductive biology of social Hymenoptera.
Takeda , Kojiro Lecturer Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology Studies on regulatory mechanisms of cell division and energy metabolism using fission yeast. Particularly working on ubiquitin/proteasome system.