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Department of Applied Microbial Technology

The resolve found through basic education serves as a base for six excellent specialized courses to choose from. Striving to become bio-professionals making contributions to humankind.

Education System

As a pioneer department of bio-research in Japan, cultivating a high level of research and development ability

Organism, Resource, and Environmental Engineering Course

Bio-professionals specializing in organisms, resources and the environment.

  • Through various research such as the process of photosynthesis in microbial organisms to produce ethylene from CO2, or the production of Oxygen by cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), we seek to cultivate professional bio-technicians who are experts in organisms, resources and the environment.
  • Features the Matsuoka research room, also fondly known for “Making use of the sunlight with biotech.

Applied Microbiology Course

Bio-professionals working towards environmental conservation through microbial application.

  • Through exploration of useful substances produced by bacterium, processing of toxic substances such as formalin using microbes, and other applied microbial research for environmental conservation, this course strives to create such professional bio-technicians.
  • In this course, the new research laboratory is appropriately dubbed, “In search of the awaited treasure of human happiness.” There is also the Nomura lab, better known as “Excavation of the hidden abilities of microbes.”

Foodstuffs Life Science Course

Bio-professionals specializing in food.

  • Through developmental research, such as Applications of anthocyanin in healthy foodstuffs, or functional foods, cultivating bio-technicians specializing in food.
  • This course makes use of the Teramoto Lab, or “Research and development of foodstuffs that protect our life and health.”

Molecular Genetics Course

Bio-professionals specializing in molecular genetics.

  • Through research such as the clarification of new microbial phenomenon, analysis of the phenomenon of life using yeast, we strive to cultivate professional bio-technicians specializing in molecular genetics.
  • This course strives to “Reveal the mystery of life” in the Ogata laboratory.

Applied molecular biology Course

Bio-professionals specializing in applied molecular biology.

  • Through research such as clarification of the new microbe phenomenon, or analysis of life through the use of yeast, creating professional bio-technicians specializing in molecular genetics.
  • This course is carried out in the Akamatsu Lab, under the alias of, “Gazing into microbes on the molecular level.”

Biochemistry Course

Bio-professionals specializing in biochemistry.

  • Through research such as understanding the basic establishment of proteins, or the makings and workings of enzymes, creating professional bio-technicians specializing in biochemistry.
  • This course makes use of the Imoto and Yamaura labs, otherwise refered to respectively as, “The era of protein,” and “The search for the workings of enzymes.”

Characteristics of the Applied Microbial Engineering Department research

The construction of a microbe bank through exhaustive cultivation.

With exploration with useful microbes as the basis of new ideas, our research is implemented through the use of equipment for finding more efficient ways of finding these useful microbes, constantly striving thereby to create a large-scale and reliable microbial bank. Useful microbes, such as bifidobacterium, which lives in the human intestines, are good for the environment, and can activate the workings of plant and animal cells to make enzymes or other products.

The construction of a microbe bank through exhaustive cultivation.

Creation of bio-ethanol through the genetic recombination of yeast.

By the year 2030, gasoline will undergo the addition of 10% alcohol. Due to these developments, the attempts to use corn for this conversion has led to a shortage of food, thereby raising food prices the world over. In the Applied Microbial Engineering Department, by use of bamboo as a raw material, we are producing ethanol through the genetic recombination of yeast.

Creation of bio-ethanol through the genetic recombination of yeast.

Facility and Equipment Application

Applied Microbial Engineering laboratory

Applied Microbial Engineering laboratory

Collection and storage of all possible stocks of microbes. We constantly strive for recognition as the country’s largest “microbial bank”.

Electron Microscope

Electron Microscope

Amino Acid Analysis Equipment

Amino Acid Analysis Equipment

Capillary Array DNA Sequencer

Capillary Array DNA Sequencer

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