Master's/Doctoral Program in Life Science Innovation is a new degree program jointly established with the Life Science Promotion Association of Tsukuba

Faculty Members

Disease Mechanism Course

Name HP Affiliation, Title Field of Specialization
Kuniya Abe Team Leader, Technology and Development Team for Mammalian Genome Dynamics, RIKEN BioResource Center Animal Developmental Genetics
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Analysis on epigenomic conversion mechanisms operating in pluripotent stem cells
2. Genetics and epigenetics of mammalian germ line development
3. Developmental genetics of mammalian early embryogenesis
Yuzuru Ito Group leader, Stem Cell Engineering Research Group, Biotechnology Research Institute for Drug Discovery, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Developmental Biology/Stem Cell Biology
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Not accepting students temporarily
1. Research for developmental biology using amphibian mode
Tadayoshi Hayata Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba Skeletal System Regulation
Master, Internship
1. Developmental Medicine of the Skeleton: Molecular mechanisms of endochondral ossification by TGF-β signaling and its relation to skeletal dysplasia.
2. Osteoimmunology: Molecular mechanisms of post-transcriptional control during inflammatory bone destruction.
3. Skeletal pharmacology: Molecular mechanisms of signal transduction to convert force sensation to bone formation and application to development of osteoporosis medicine.
Tomoko Kuwabara Senior Researcher, Stem Cell Engineering Research Group, Biotechnology Research Institute for Drug Discovery, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Regulatory Analysis of Adult Stem Cells
Associate Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Adult neurogenesis in mammalian brain
2. Activation of adult stem cells
3. Environmental effects on adult stem cells and the changes under diseases
Yukio Nakamura Head, Cell Engineering Division, RIKEN BioResource Center Application of State-of-the-Art Cell Technology
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Development of technology for standardization of cell materials
2. Development of novel cell materials
3. Development of technology for application of cell materials
Nobuhiro Ohkohchi Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba Tumor Oncology and Development of Surgical Emulation System
Master, Doctor
1. Development of 3D virtual simulation system of surgery
2. Treatment for liver disease by platelets
3. Cancer molecular biology and treatment
Renu Wadhwa Group Leader, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Biology of Cellular Aging, Cancer and Stress
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Molecular mechanism of cellular senescence, tumorigenesis and anti-aging
2. Anti-cancer and anti-aging properties of traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda
3. Mortalin Biology: cellular stress, senescence, tumorigenesis and in vivo imaging
Masashi Yanagisawa Professor, International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine, University of Tsukuba Behavioral Neuroscience
Master, Doctor, Internship
Elucidation of fundamental mechanisms for sleep/wake regulation
1. Large-scale, forward genetic screening of genes responsible for sleep/wake regulation in mice
2. Discovery and medicinal chemistry of novel drugs for sleep disorders
3. Visualizing and manipulating the activity of neurons involved in sleep/wake regulation R
Yasuhiro Yasutomi Director, Tsukuba Primate Research Center, National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition Immunoregulation and Vaccine Research
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor
1. Disease control by immunoregulation
2. Control regulation of pathological condition in infectious disease
Atsushi Yoshiki Head, Experimental Animal Division, RIKEN BioResource Center Bioresource Science for Laboratory Mouse
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Development of mouse models for human diseases by genetic manipulation
2. Studies for quality control of mouse resources
3. Analysis of motor coordination using mouse models of neurological diseases

Drug Discovery Course

Name HP Affiliation, Title Field of Specialization
Sosaku Ichikawa Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba Functional Carrier Design and Engineering
Master, Doctor
1. Development and characterization of emulsion-based carrier systems
2. Development and characterization of liposome-based carrier systems
3. Development of new nano-/micro- carrier systems for efficient delivery of bioactive substances
Hiroko Isoda Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba Natural product drug discovery
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Search for pharmacologically unique principles from existing indigenous remedies
2. Study on pharmacological mechanisms of action
Toshikazu Kamiya Research Fellow, Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., Ltd. Biomaterial/Bioprocess Science
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Applications of dipeptides as fuctional biomaterials.
2. Production of active pharmacutical compounds by fermentation.
3. Establishing procedures for neuronal protection or regeneration by biomolecules.
Toshiyuki Kanamori Team Leader (Principal Investigator), Drug Assay Device Research Group, Biotechnology, Research Institute for Drug Discovery, Department of Life Science and Biotechnology, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Transport Phenomena in biomedical system
Associate Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Transport Phenomena in biomedical system
2. Mathematical modeling for biomedical system
3. Biomedical application of functional polymer
Yusaku Miyamae Associate Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba Chemical Biology
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Identification of new bioactive small molecules and mechanism of action
2. Development of screening systems for potent bioactive small molecules
3. Development of new chemical genetic tools for control of cellular protein stability
Keiji Miyata Senior Executive Fellow, Drug Discovery Research, Astellas Pharma Inc. Translational Science for Drug Discovery
Associate Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Doctor course and internship
1. Bioimaging study for evaluation of drug efficacy
2. Rapid synthetic study on compounds labeled with radioisotopes
3. Approach to predicting drug responses in humans
Sosuke Miyoshi Senior Director, Translational Science Research Labs, Bioimaging Research, Astellas Pharma Inc. Translational Science for Drug Discovery
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Doctor course and internship
1. Bioimaging study for evaluation of drug efficacy
2. Rapid synthetic study on compounds labeled with radioisotopes
3. Approach to predicting drug responses in humans
Nagase Hiroshi Professor, International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine, University of Tsukuba Medicinal Chemistry
Master, Doctor
1. Design and synthesis of orexin 1 and 2 receptor-selective agonists and antagonists
2. Design and synthesis of opioid receptor type-selective agonists and antagonists
3. Clarification of pharmacological activity of orexin and opioid, and their application to drugs
Tetsuya Sakurai Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems, University of Tsukuba Mathematical Informatics
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Mathematical methods for large-scale data analysis
2. Highly parallel algorithms for large-scale data analysis
3. High performance algorithms on large scientific simulations
Shinji Sugiura Senior Researcher, Drug Assay Device Research Group, Biotechnology Research Institute for Drug Discovery, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Biochemical Engineering
Associate Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Organs-on-a-chip for drug discovery
2. Engineering the micro-scale cell culture environment
3. Micro-scale cell process engineering with functional materials
Kentaro Yoshimatsu Senior Scientific Advisor, Eisai Co., Ltd. Medicinal Science
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Basic Research for cell therapy of hematological disease area using gene-engineered adipocytes
2. Basic Research for cell therapy of oncology area using gene-engineered adipocytes
3. Research for application of new technologies to drug discovery research

Food Innovation Course

Name HP Affiliation, Title Field of Specialization
Hiroko Isoda Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba Food Functionality
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Food functionality and effective utilization of food resources
2. Bioactive components of functional food and their cosmetic seeds
3. Environmental risk assessment/Development of environmental risk assessment protocols
Toshikazu Kamiya Research Fellow, Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., Ltd. Nutraceutical Science
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Discovering new health benefits of nutritional factors and celluar metabolites.
2. Rejuvenation by replenishing spefic nutritional factors.
3. Establishing and utilizing unique celluar models of aging or disease states for the study of matabolic changes.
Kenichi Kashiwagi Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba Development Economics
Master, Doctor
1. Mechanism of technological progress in Agro-food industry
2. Analysis on value chain and consumer behavior in Agro-food market
Susumu Kawasaki Senior Researcher, Food Research Institute, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization Food Microbiology: Food Hygiene Laboratory
Associate Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor
1. Evaluation and control of the risk of foodborne pathogens and spoilage bacteria in foods
2. Development and evaluation of rapid detection method for foodborne pathogens
3. Prevalence of foodborne pathogens in retailed foods
Isao Kobayashi Senior Researcher, Food Research Institute, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization Multiscale Food Engineering
Associate Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor
1. Development of production technology of monodisperse emulsions using micro/nanochannel emulsification
2. Design and development of food-grade microcapsules loaded with bioactives
3. Development and applications of human gastrointestinal digestion simulators for foods
Masatomo Kobayashi Head, Experimental Plant Division, RIKEN BioResource Center Science and Technology of Plant Resources
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Development of innovative resources and technologies of model plants that contributes the novel strategy of crop breeding
2. Improvement of technologies for crop protection by using model plant resources and information
3. Study on the environmental responses of plant using natural variation of model plant, Arabidopsis
Mitsutoshi Nakajima Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba Food Engineering
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Microtechnology for new food processing and functional food
2. Nanotechnology for novel bioactives delivery systems
3. Effective utilization of food processing residues for value addition
Marcos Antonio Das NEVES Associate Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba Food Engineering
Master, Internship
1. Food nanotechnology
2. Development of functional foods
3. Food emulsions as bioactives delivery systems
Kazuichi Sakamoto Associate Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba Nutrigenomics
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Longevity genes and bioactive stimulus
2. Bioactive stimulus for anti-lifestyle related diseases
3. Bioactive stimulus for anti-aging
Kunihiko Uemura Laboratory Head, Food Research Institute, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization Food Engineering: Advanced Food Technology Laboratory
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor
1. Development of novel food process technology using electricity
2. Inactivation of microorganism in foods using electricity
3. Quality changes of foods by food processing
Jun Watanabe Senior Researcher, Food Research Institute, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization Food Functionality: Functional Food Factor Laboratory
Associate Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor
1. Clarification of mutual relationship between gut microbiota and the host
2. Development of analytical method for evaluation of functional food factors
3. Isolation and identification of functional food factors

Environmental Management Course

Name HP Affiliation, Title Field of Specialization
Hiroyuki Fuchino Research Center for Medicinal Plant Resources, National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition Pharmacognosy and Natural Product Chemistry
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1.Quality control of crude drugs
2.Drug discovery for tropical diseases from medicinal plants
Hirofumi Hara Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering and Green Technology, Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia The tropics environmental microbiology
Associate Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Investigation of microbial diversity in the various environments of tropical area
2. Characterization and application of tropical microorganisms for the conversion of unutilized biomass
3. Bioremediation of environmental pollutants in tropical area by regional microbes
Masanobu Kawachi Head, Biodiversity Resource Conservation Section, Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, National Institute for Enviromental Studies, Japan Algal Resources and Conservation
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Isolation, culturing and preservation of algal resources
2. Genome analysis and utilization of algal resources
3. Biodiversity and taxonomy of algal resources
Nobuo Kawahara Head, Research Center for Medicinal Plant Resources, National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition Pharmacognosy and phytochemistry
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Natural product chemistry of medicinal plants
2. Screening of bioactive component from medicinal plants
Masanori Kikuchi Group leader, Bioceramics Group, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) Bioceramics
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor
1. Ceramics in medicine
2. Application of bio-derived minerals
3. Biomimeric materials
Masatomo Kobayashi Head, Experimental Plant Division, RIKEN BioResource Center Science and Technology of Plant Resources
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Development of innovative resources and technologies of model plants that contributes the novel strategy of crop breeding
2. Improvement of technologies for crop protection by using model plant resources and information
3. Study on the environmental responses of plant using natural variation of model plant, Arabidopsis
Yoshito Kumagai Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba Environmental Biology
Master, Doctor
1. Environmental chemicals-mediated modulation of signal transduction pathways
2. Initial response and protection against environmental chemicals
Takeshi Nakayama Associate Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba Systematics of Protists
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Taxonomy of protists (especially microalgae and flagellates)
2. Evaluation of protistan diversity in ponds
3. Searching useful protists
Moriya Ohkuma Head, Microbe Division, RIKEN BioResource Center Microbial Resources and Diversity
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Genomics and bioresources of yet-uncultured microbial diversity
2. Molecular microbial ecology of microbial symbionts
3. Taxonomy and systematics of diverse microorganisms
Iwane Suzuki Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba Functional Regulation of Photosynthesis
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Interaction of carbon and nitrogen metabolism in microalgae
2. Mechanisms for acclimation to environmental conditions of photosynthetic activity
3. Biochemical and molecular biological studies in biomass production in microalgae
Kenji Tamura Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba Soil Environmental Chemistry
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Analysis of soil microelements
2. Mechanism of High quality soils
Kayo Yoshimatsu Research Center for Medicinal Plant Resources, National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition Biotechnology for Medicinal Plants
Professor, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Master, Doctor, Internship
1. Micropropagation of medicinal plants through tissue culture
2. Transformation of medicinal plants
3. Production of medicinal plants in plant factory

Professors from Universities Abroad Associated with T-LSI

Name Affiliation Title
Cécile Le Gal-Fontès University of Montpellier Professor
Michel Larroque University of Montpellier Professor
Colin Goding Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of Oxford Professor
Panagis Filippakopoulos Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of Oxford Associate Professor
Jane Mellor Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford Professor
Eric O'Neill Department of Oncology, University of Oxford Senior Group Leader
Mads Gyrrd-Hansen Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of Oxford Group Head
Lionel Larue Institut Curie Group leader
Eirikur Steingrimsson University of Iceland Professor
Custodia Garcia Jimenez Universidad Rey Juan Carlos Professor
Benjamin Pina Molecular Biology Institute of Barcelona - Strategic Institute of the Spanish Research Council Professor
Pierre Trifilieff University of Bordeaux Assistant Professor
Remko Boom Wageningen University Professor
Anja Janssen Wageningen University Assistant Professor
Renger Witkamp Wageningen University Professor
Chedly Abdelly Center of Biotechnology of Borj Cedria, Tunisia Professor
Stephen Mayfield University of California, San Diego Professor