Studies and education on wide research fields around biological chemistry are carried out in the Department of Applied Biological Chemistry. In addition to the basic research methodology of biological chemistry, which consists of biochemistry, organic chemistry and cellular biochemistry, new research methodology and techniques, such as genetic engineering, protein engineering or cellular engineering, are actively being introduced by this department.

By applying them to the research fields of plants and animals for food production, cellular functions of food-producing organisms and food immunology, discovering new bioactive compounds and the maintenance of the environment for the coexistence of human beings and living organisms, this department is seeking to further advance the research methodology of biological chemistry and the development of a new era of coexistence between human beings and all living things. This department’s efforts can function as a world network in developing techniques in bioproduction and biological chemistry.


Department of Applied Biological Chemistry

Biofunctional Chemistry
Plant Molecular Physiology Molecular and cellular biology of plant responses and tolerance to environmental stresses
Biological Function and Developmental Chemistry Molecular-cell biology, neurology of taste signaling and biochemistry of food proteins
Agricultural Chemistry
Plant Nutrition and Fertilizer Plant nutrient transport, metabolism, responses to nutritional conditions and nutrient stress-tolerance
Biological Chemistry Chemistry, molecular biology, and neuroscience of chemosensory signals and receptors in mammal, insect, plant, and microorganism
Organic Chemistry Organic synthesis of bioactive natural products and their derivatives for the elucidation of bioactive functions or the practical use
Development of new reactions for efficient synthesis of optically active substances
Bioorganic Chemistry Chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology of bioactive compounds such as invertebrate peptide hormones, microbial secondary metabolites and compounds regulating biomineralization
Soil Science Soil microbiology for sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation
Chemical Biology Chemistry, physiology, and molecular biology for plant growth regulation
Food Science
Nutritional Biochemistry Nutrient regulation of gene expression
Differentiation of mammalian cells
Food Chemistry Chemical, biochemical and molecular biological studies on intestinal function-modulating food substances
Food Biochemistry Molecular and cellular biological studies on lifestyle-related diseases
Search for food factors that prevent lifestyle-related diseases
Analytical Chemistry Bioinorganic chemistry of biological and environmental systems
Structural Biology and Food Biotechnology Biotechnology, structural biology and physicochemistry of proteins, enzymes and foods
ILSI Japan-Endowed Chair
Functional Food Science and Nutrigenomics Functional genomics to investigate food-induced physiological responses
Nissin Food Products-Endowed Chair
Taste Science Investigation of the molecular logic of sensory events for application to food quality design
Nestle-Endowed Chair
Food for Life Molecular nutrition and functional genomics for the betterment of quality of life