New course “Biological Science”
to be offered in 3Q 2023

Please be announced that a new course, titled “Biological Science” will be offered in 3Q this year by Dept. of Life Science and Technology at Tokyo Tech and it is expected that GSEP students can earn credits from this course:

LST.A Biological Science

Outline of This Course

The subject provides a basic understanding of living organisms from the molecular, metabolic, and cellular levels, as well as an overview of practical applications such as bioengineering, genetic engineering and medical science, to acquire the fundamentals of biological science.

Professors in Charge

Prof. Susumu Kajiwara

Prof. Nobuhiro Hayashi

Assoc. Prof. Masato Nikaido

Assoc. Prof. Kanami Orihara

Assist. Prof. Sing Ying Wong

Assist. Prof. Xinyue Chen

Message from Assoc. Prof. Kanami Orihara

Professors in charge of this course are all from the faculty members from the School of Life Science and Technology. Through this course, you may learn and acquire knowledge about living organisms that may be utilized for biomedical application of any technologies. As we will introduce from the basic information to the practical application, both biology students and those who have yet completed the course are welcomed to join this course.

Our laboratory locates in Suzukakedai campus, and together with Professor Kajiwara and Assistant Professor Chen, we are running one big lab and investigating molecular mechanisms involved in immune diseases and animal-microorganism interactions. Immune diseases of our interests are infectious diseases, allergies, and autoimmune diseases. Kajiwara lab members focus on molecular mechanisms of interaction between pathogenic fungus and the host in infections. Multi-drug resistance or biofilm formation of fungi are also our current targets. In Orihara lab. we study immunology from the viewpoint of circadian rhythms, which is a 24-hour internal clock that locates in almost every single cell in our body. We aim to control the symptoms of diseases by regulating those dysregulated peripheral clocks, which will be conducted by oral intake or external use of ingredients that affect clocks. Based on those studies, we are also involved in applying those into new drug development or disease prevention. As more than half of our members are non-Japanese, we are one of the most internationalized lab in Tokyo Tech.

Assoc. Prof. Nikaido lab locates in Ookayama campus and investigating molecular evolution of vertebrates from fish to mammals. Evolution is the most fundamental and important study for understanding the origin of ourselves as biological organisms. We are working to understand evolution using both wet (molecular biology) and dry (genome informatics) techniques. Our model animals are cichlids (tropical fish in Africa) and hedgehogs.

Prof. Nobuhiro Hayashi and Assist. Prof. Sing Ying Wong lab also locates in Ookayama campus and is working on the practical application of proteomics. Proteomics is the ultimate biological diagnostic method, but until now its use has been limited to research and some cutting-edge medicine. Our laboratory is developing high-throughput proteomics technology and expanding proteomics into various fields.

Hope to see you in the class in 3Q!