To be a person who can unlock the functions of living organisms and makes use of it for social development.
A human body forms a community of over 60 trillion cells of more than 200 kinds. We study genes of these cells and the work of protein. The work of proteins varies depending on the environmental changes in the body and outside. Due to the changes in way of use of genes, a person may become sick. For example, there are cancers and nerve diseases which develop by stress impacting the cell community and functional change of protein and if the cause for development is ascertained, it would be helpful in treatment. Bioscience is a study having great potential to think of the future for all of us, living organisms. In this Department, you will experience the joy of taking on the challenge of unlocking the mysteries of living organisms through a rich variety of experimental subjects.
Faculty of Bioenvironmental Science, Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology
Professor Masahiko Nakamura
Professor Yoshihisa Yano
Let us unlock the power of “life”
My Laboratory analyzes functional components of foods and studies foods effective for the improvement of such lifestyle diseases as diabetes and high blood pressure. For example, we discovered that burdock leaves have a functional component suppressing the absorption of sugar and there is a possibility of an application in the prevention of diabetes. Such research has great potential for contributing to the field of pharmaceuticals. Bioscience pursues not only foods but also the power held by various lives, including genes, microorganisms and plants, etc., and can be utilized for realization of a better future. I want students to experience the joy of challenging the investigation of power of life.
Features of Department
- To learn knowledge, skills and way of thinking to utilize the pursuit of life sciences and functions of living organisms in society.
- To use excellent equipment for experiments and touch state-of-the-art green biotechnologies.
- 4th year students are assigned to a Laboratory to challenge advanced research.
- Qualification and career education is well-prepared, including support for students going on to graduate school and who want to be science teachers.
How to study at the Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology
To broadly study the mechanisms and functions of living organisms and receive gradual training in bioscience experiment skills to deepen knowledge of microorganisms and cells. Based on the foundation, students will study the advanced fields of bioscience, including gene engineering, plant metabolism and biological body nutrition science from well-balanced theories and experiments. 4th year students are assigned to each Laboratory and tackle projects investigating and applying functions of life.
Molecular Life Science Course – Study the latest gene and cell technologies
Living Organism Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Molecular Life Science Course – Study the latest gene and cell technologies
By analyzing chemical substances supporting various functions of living organisms, including antibacterial material, protective substances and pheromone and unlocking the mechanisms, we aim to realize a healthy and affluent lifestyle for all people. Applying the research results, we breed Japanese honey bees and initiate projects leading to greening of cities.
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Challenge the limitless potential held by genes
In recent years, various functions of genes have been unlocked, but there remain genes the function of which is unknown and hold the possibility to be potential resources. This Laboratory aims to acquire the wisdom and technology to raise the potential of bio useful to society, while analyzing the functions of genes and proteins, utilizing the latest analyzing apparatus.
Health Food Management Specialist
“Health Food Management Specialist” is a qualification for assuming leading roles for consumers to securely use health foods. The Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology provides the subject of preparing for examination in regular courses to support the acquisition of this qualification.
Living Organism Development Course – To create new values from living organism functions
Microorganism Function Development Science Laboratory
To excavate the large power of small microorganisms
In nature, many microorganisms have unknown useful functions. It is possible to apply to environmental purification and material production by extracting and researching them. For example, this Laboratory has taken on the challenge of commercialization of waste water processing technologies, purifying waste water containing oil by microorganisms in collaboration with companies, aiming at exploration and application of such functions of microorganisms.
Food Function Science Laboratory
Taking on the challenge of development of new food materials
Principles of various added value of foods, including tastiness and functionality have been unlocked by bioscience research and the results have contributed to the realization of richer foods. This Laboratory, utilizing the latest analyzing technologies, addresses the analysis of functional components of foods, aiming at application in the development of new food materials, pharmaceutical industry and chemical industry.
Plant Biotechnology Laboratory
Science extracting the potential of plants
In order to make it useful for solutions of food problems, environment and resource problems, we conduct research on the environmental purification function of plants, gene modification technologies to effectively use plant resources and improvement in crop breed varieties. We also tackle practical research in cooperation with farmers, such as research on accelerating harvests earlier so that black beans for boiled beans, ordinarily harvested in autumn, can be eaten in summer when the needs for boiled beans are higher.
Based on the research results, a university venture was established.
The group of Professor Sakamoto (now Professor Emeritus) of Living Organism Organic Chemistry Laboratory unlocked the mechanism in which Japanese honey bees were attracted by the aroma of an orchid, Cymbidium floribundum. They developed an inducing agent for bee culture and started to manufacture and sell the agent.
Qualification and Employment
Acquirable Qualification *National qualification
- High school teacher’s 1st class license (natural science)
- Food Sanitation Supervisor*
- Food Sanitation Inspector*
- Museum curator*
Targeted qualifications *National qualifications
- Health Food Management Specialist
- Certified Senior and Intermediate Biotechnology Engineers Test
- Qualification of enzyme handler
- Dangerous object handler (Class Ko)*
Future Career Options after Graduation
- Bio-related companies, including pharmaceutical, food and cosmetics companies
- Medical equipment distribution companies
- Food distribution companies
- Bio-related research institutes
- Civil servants
- Teachers (High school teacher (natural science))
- Advancing to graduate school, etc.
To develop human resources as described in this department’s educational goals, we seek students who have a clear sense of purpose and passion, basic knowledge regarding curricula and subjects that they completed in high school, Japanese language proficiency through which they can convey their own ideas, a willingness to positively attempt to solve various problems, and attitude toward actively engaging in activities, and toward making efforts for mutual understanding by communicating effectively with others.
- Knowledge and skills
- We seek students who are interested in biotechnologies and the field of bioscience, and who are eager to study chemistry, biology, and natural science.
- We seek students who have basic academic abilities to acquire knowledge of and techniques for biotechnologies and the field of bioscience.
- Ability to think, to judge, and to express oneself
- We seek students who are interested in, and have a willingness to observe, understand, and clarify nature and natural phenomena, including life.
- Attitude toward learning independently and in cooperation with a wide variety of people
- We seek students who have experience of moving forward with a project in cooperation with other people such as in regional partnerships.
- We seek students who have a willingness to participate in cooperative projects such as in regional partnerships.