In this course, we clarify the physiological functions and structures of molecules produced by terrestrial and marine life, including animals, plants, algae, microorganisms, and a wide range of other bioresources using the strategy of bioscience and biotechnology in order to effectively utilize their nutritional component or bioactive substances. Using these results, we aim to establish a new basic and applicable technological system for the development of new functional molecules or foods, or environmental technology. Furthermore, we carry out advanced research and education from the perspectives of chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and bioengineering, with a focus on research into the gene expression mechanisms of animals and microorganisms, the physiological functions of plant and animal cells, bio-information sensing and processing technologies, improvements of food functionality, and the maintenance of health and quality of life, as well as the development of technologies for using unutilized bioresources.
In this Division, to utilize various bioresources in the wide fields such as foods, health, medicine, and environment, we aim at elucidating the mechanisms of varied vital phenomena of animals, plants and microorganisms, and the structures and functions of novel biomolecules, and furthermore establishing the theories and methodologies for applying the outcome of the fundamental researches to development of functional molecules and foods, and environmental technology. For the achievement of these objectives, advanced studies and professional education are carried out by conducting various researches, including "analyses of structures and functions of novel functional biomaterials and their utilization", "the mechanism of gene expression of varied organisms", "technology of biological information processing", and "technology of unused bioresources application".
In marine biotechnology field, we research various life phenomena of microorganisms, fishes, shellfishes, and algae in marine environments at the levels of a molecule, e.g., biologically active substances, protein, and gene or genome to clarify a various kinds of physiological functions. Based on these investigations, we publish scientific and technological findings to support the development of functional foods, cosmetics, disease-preventive pharmaceuticals. In addition, these findings also contribute to the improvement of hygienic conditions in manufacturing process and increasing in the quality of healthy life.