Staff & Research Field

Department of Biology

Basic Biology Course

Name Title Research Field Research Subject Link
Minobu KASAI Professor Environmental Physiology of Plants Regulation of photosynthetic source-sink balance
Masaki KURO-O Professor Molecular Cytogenetics Analysis of genetic diversity based on nucleotide sequences and/or chromosome in vertebrates
Masashi FUKUZAWA Professor Developmental Biology Molecular-genetical and cell-biological studies of cell differentiation and morphogenesis in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium
Hiroshi OHKAWA Associate Professor Plant Molecular Physiology Fundamental and applied studies on molecular physiology in photosynthetic organisms
Kazuya KOBAYASHI Associate Professor Developmental & Reproductive Biology Mechanisms underlying regulation of reproductive switching between asexual and sexual reproduction in planarians
Michiko SASABE Associate Professor Plant Cell Biology Molecular mechanisms regulating cell division and cell differentiation in plants
Atsuo NISHINO Associate Professor Animal Physiology Molecular physiological studies on locomotor/behavioral control in marine zooplankton.
Wataru YOSHIDA Assistant Professor Molecular Developmental Biology Research on the morphogenetic mechanism and regulation of gene expression in sea cucumber Holothurian

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Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology Course

Name Title Research Field Research Subject Link
Shuichi SUGIYAMA Professor Plant Ecology Ecological studies on plant adaptive and evolutionary mechanisms
Nobuyuki AZUMA Professor Animal Ecology (1) Ecology of fishes and birds  (2) Conservation and restoration of ecosystem
Kiyoshi ISHIDA Associate Professor Forest Ecology Ecological studies on plant adaptive and evolutionary mechanisms
Hiroshi IKEDA Associate Professor Evolutionary Ecology Studies of evolution and biodiversity using invertebrates such as insects and earthworms
Atsushi SOGABE Associate Professor Animal Ecology Studies on the ecology and evolution of animal behavior, particularly in fish and other aquatic animals
Akira YAMAWO Assistant Professor Forest Ecology Ecological studies on plant adaptive and evolutionary mechanisms

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Basic Life Science Course

Name Title Research Field Research Subject Link
Hyouta HIMENO Professor Biochemistry, Molecular Biology Molecular mechanism of translation, Ribosome maturation pathway, Novel stress response pathway involved in ribosome
Chisato USHIDA Professor Molecular Biology Structure and function of intermediate-size non-protein-coding RNAs (is-ncRNAs), Functional RNomics
Noboru TAKADA Associate Professor Natural Products Chemistry Chemical studies on bioactive natural products
Eiji MORITA Associate Professor Cell Biology, Virology Studies of virus and host cell interactions that regulate viral pathogenesis.
Hitoshi YOKOYAMA Associate Professor Developmental Biology
Regenerative Biology
Organ-level regeneration such as limb regeneration and skin regeneration mainly using an amphibian model system, Xenopus.
Daisuke KURITA Associate Professor Biochemistry Structure and mechanism in protein synthesis, Molecular mimicry in translation.
Koki HATAKEYAMA Assistant Professor Immunobiology Study on metastasis of cancer, The establishment of murine tumor cell line, Image analysis of the cell movement.

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Applied Life Science Course

Name Title Research Field Research Subject Link
Masaru HASHIMOTO Professor Bioorganic Chemistry Isolation and Structural determination of biologically active metabolites, Organic syntheses, and their Applications
Takashi YOSHIDA Professor Enzymology Structure, function, and application of carbohydrate-degrading enzymes.
Akio TONOUCHI Professor Environmental Microbiology Research on environmental microorganisms
Kimitoshi SAKAMOTO Associate Professor Biological Chemistry Mechanisms of oxygen independent mitochondrial electron transfer
Tomonori SONOKI Associate Professor Applied Microbiology Characterization and application of microbial function for sustainable production of chemicals and fuels
Shigeki HAMADA Associate Professor Plant Biochemistry, Enzymology Analytical and applied studies on metabolic production mechanisms in plant and microbe

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Department of Applied Biology and Food Sciences

Biotechnology Course

Name Title Research Field Research Subject Link
Ryuji ISHIKAWA Professor Plant Breeding Rice genomics and genetics,Development of Genetic resources
Mineo SENDA Professor Plant Genomics Seed Pigmentation Phenomena in Yellow Soybean
Shinji AKADA Associate Professor Environmental Botany Molecular Biology of Plant Environmental Adaptation
Akiko KASHIWAGI Associate Professor Food Science Molecular genetics of bacteria
Katsunori TANAKA Assistant Professor Plant Breeding Genetics in rice and melon, Utilization of Genetic Resources

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Food Science Course

Name Title Research Field Research Subject Link
Kunihisa IWAI Professor Food Functional Science Nutrition and biological function of regional food.
Pharmacokinetics and analyses of functional ingredients.
Akira NAKAJIMA Professor Food Toxicology Pharmacology and toxicology of chemicals in food
Yukinori SATO Professor Food Science Food Materials Science and Technology
Norihito KIMIZUKA Associate Professor  Food Preservation  Phase Transitions in Foods. Food Processing and Storage.
Makoto NISHIZUKA Associate Professor Food Science, Molecular biology Molecular mechanisms of adipocyte differentiation and cancer metastasis
Hayato MAEDA Associate Professor Food Chemistry Nutrition and biological function of food resources.
Ryoko YAMAMOTO Assistant Professor Food science, Nutrition Research on food ingredients for prevention and amelioration of lifestyle diseases

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Plant Protection and Environment Course

Name Title Research Field Research Subject Link
Masakazu AOYAMA Professor Soil Science Soil organic matter, Humic substances, Organic farming
Teruo SANO Professor Plant Pathology Detection, Molecular Characterization, and Protection of Viroids and Viroid Diseases
Kazuaki TANAKA Associate Professor Plant Pathology Taxonomy and phylogeny of microfungi (Ascomycota)
Nobuhiko MATSUYAMA Associate Professor Soil Science Soil production, cultivation system
Yu KANEKO Associate Professor Insect Physiology Insect Endocrinology, Developmental Biology
Ryohei SUGAHARA Assistant Professor Insect physiology  

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Department of International Agriculture and Horticulture

Agriculture and Horticulture Course

Name Title Research Field Research Subject Link
Osamu ARAKAWA Professor Pomology Physiology of tree growth and fruit quality
ZHANG Shu-huai Professor Agricultural Engineering 1)Non-destructive measurements for agricultural product’s quality
2)Applications of image processing and sensing technology for agriculture
Tomoo MAEDA Professor Vegetable science Studies on relationship between cultural condition and contents of phytochemicals in vegetables
Masatoshi MATSUZAKI Professor Animal Feeding We are doing research aiming at
1)Improvement of animal performance by nutritional manipulation in early life
2)Better utilization of unused biomass materials in animal feeding
Michio KAWASAKI Associate Professor Crop Science Studies on productivity and environmental stress tolerance in food crops
Fuminori KAWABATA Associate Professor Physiology of Domestic Animals Analysis of taste systems in domestic animals such as chickens, cows, pigs, and sheep.
Kazushige HONDA Associate Professor Floriculture ( Ornamental Horticulture ) Hybridization breeding and using tissue culture technique to raise hybrid of ornamental plant.
Studying on plant reproduction to utilize and conserve the native wild plant species.
YE Xujun Associate Professor Agricultural Machinery 1)Application of remote sensing technology in Agriculture
2)Development of quality evaluation technologies for agricultural products using optical sensing
Norimitsu TANAKA Assistant Professor Pomology We are studying gene function involved in flower bud formation and parthenocarpy in apple.

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Agricultural Economics Course

Name Title Research Field Research Subject Link
Masami IZUMIYA Professor Agricultural Marketing Economic analysis of waste biomass recycling
Satoshi ISHITSUKA Professor Food Economics Expansion of marketing strategic in food industry
Fumie TAKANASHI Associate Professor Food and Agricultural Economics Socio economic research on distribution of agricultural outputs and producer’s organization in developing countries
Takumi NARITA Associate Professor International Food Marketing Studies on functions of agricultural products distribution structure
Takahiro SATO Associate Professor International Agriculture and Rural Development Studies on the relationships between rural livelihoods and dynamics of environment, technologies and institutions. 
Kazuko SATO Associate Professor International Food Business Studies on Agriculture and food policy and farm structure
Suguru MASAKI Assistant Professor Agricultural economics/Regional agriculture Research on challenges, opportunities and solutions in rural communities, as well as the utilization of support system in rural areas.
Satoshi YOSHINAKA Assistant Professor Farm Management Studies on the condition of business analysis of a farmer or the agricultural organization and method of the support of  the regional core farmers.

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Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering

Agricultural Civil Engineering Course / Rural Environment Studies Course

Name Title Research Field Research Subject Link
Mattashi IZUMI Professor Irrigation, Drainage and Hydraulic Engineering Study on Hydraulic design of the water utilization facilities and swimming ability of freshwater fishes necessary for the fishway design.
Choichi SASAKI Professor Agricultural Land Engineering Studies on percolation pattern of paddy fields and its influence as multi-functionality of paddies
Daisuke HIGAKI Professor Watershed-based Erosion Control Engineering Studies on erosion and sedimentation disasters and mountain geo-ecology
– Landslide risk management
– Geo-ecological analysis on deep-seated landslide slopes
– Low-cost measures against geomorphic hazards for developing countries
Hiroyuki FUJISAKI Professor Rural Planning Studies on sustainable rural development, especially for farm land consolidation, rural tourism, and so on
Akira ENDO Associate Professor Agricultural Land Physics To develop the soil environment management technique in agricultural land, I’m studying in order to obvious for behavior of the inorganic nitrogen in the agricultural land soil that can be recommended from both the environmental aspects of soil and groundwater and the growth of the crop.
Ko KATO Associate Professor Agricultural Information Engineering Studies on utilization of agricultural land information and management of irrigation and drainage structures facilities
Atsushi MARUI Associate Professor Irrigation, Drainage Water Use Engineering Research of the required water quantity and quality for crop production in multiple field using hydrological approach, irritation and drainage system design
Hiroshi MORI Associate Professor Agricultural Facilities Engineering Study on evaluation of a static-dynamic stability and a performance based design for agricultural hydraulic structures with soil foundations
Chihiro KATO Assistant Professor Agricultural Land Conservation Studies on land conservation and prediction of soil physical environment such as soil water, heat and gas condition in agricultural fields
Shigeoki MORITANI Assistant Professor Rural Energy Engineering Research of the winter growing methods in greenhouse with the groundwater utilization
TSOU, Ching-Ying Assistant Professor Environment Planning on Mountainous Area Studying earth surface processes and geological phenomena for sediment-related hazard reduction and environment conservation.

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Teaching and Research Center for Bio-coexistence

Fujisaki Farm, Teaching and Research Center for Bio-coexistence

Name Title Research Field Research Subject Link
Daiyu ITO Professor Pomology and Agricultural Meteorology Research Subject New apple cultivation technology, Carbon/water budget in apple orchard
Taishi HAYASHIDA Assistant Professor Pomology New apple cultivation technology, Labor-saving cultivation of Japanese pear

Kanagi Farm, Teaching and Research Center for Bio-coexistence

Name Title Research Field Research Subject Link
Kang, Dong-Jin Associate Professor Crop Science and Stress Physiology Physiological study on the abiotic stresses in crops
FANG JIACHEN Assistant Professor Animal Production Utilization of unused organic materials for animal feed

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The Shirakami Research Center for Environmental Sciences

Name Title Research Field Research Subject Link
Yukio ISHIKAWA Professor Dendroecology/Plant Ecology  
Takeyuki NAKAMURA Associate Professor Living organisms diversity/classification Form/structure  
Hiroki YAMAGISHI Assistant Professor Ecology/environment  

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