The study in advanced biosciences aims to contribute to the development of international society by understanding the mechanism of life through integration of most-advanced biotechnology and information technology, and then applying the results of the research to various fields such as medicine, food and environment. The area of advanced biosciences at the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies is one of the few educational programs in the world where such research is conducted.
The following explanation introduces some of the projects categorized under various research heads:
The projects in environmental biotechnology aim to employ earth-friendly biotechnologies. Such technologies are then applied to plastics that can prevent global warming and microorganisms that produce energy resource from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Bioplastics, derived from lactic acid, have drawn attention of scientists by their potential to reduce carbon-dioxide emission. The Bioplastics Project examines methodologies to produce high-quality and inexpensive bioplastics fermented by E. coli bacteria.
Microorganism Culture Project for Oil Production
This project is aimed to create a super eco-microorganism that produces light oil from carbon-dioxide, to simultaneously resolve two issues – an exhaustion of fossil fuels and global warming caused by heavy consumption.
The projects in biomedical science investigate various diseases such as cancer and diabetes by integrating advanced technologies including molecular biology, informatics and analytical chemistry. Such projects contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of the above-mentioned diseases.
Cancer Metabolism Analysis Project
This project identifies the metabolic disposition of cancer cells by investigating metabolic substances relating to cancer development and growth.
Disease Diagnosis Support Project
Using theories drawn from life information science and systems biology, this project attempts to create a system that enables the diagnosis of widely prevalent diseases like diabetes and breast cancer.
The projects in genome science tries to understand the mechanism of the living phenomenon by analyzing genomes – a collection of the entire gene of a living creature – and use various experimental and information processing techniques.
Genome Information Analysis Project
This project conducts a comparative analysis of genome sequence in various organisms including humans in order to find the significance of sequence patterns and unravel the mystery of genomic evolution.
Genome Design Project
This project attempts to understand how genomic genes combine in order to produce materials useful for human life and create useful genome designs.
The projects in systems biology tries to provide a comprehensive understanding of life through new bio-scientific methods based on a vast reservoir of knowledge on living organisms accumulated in the twentieth century.
Biological and Cellular Simulation Project
This project aims to develop software named “E-CELL System”, a basic environment to run various simulations on cells and organisms on the computer.
Virtual E. Coli Bacteria Project
This project attempts to gather a large amount of data on E. Coli bacteria for data modeling to understand its life phenomenon and to produce useful materials using various microbes