Department of Integrated Biosciences - Graduate School of Frontier Science, The university of Tokyo

About this Department

Q: Where on Kashiwa Campus is the Department of Integrated Biosciences located?

: If you walk through the front gate of the University of Tokyo Kashiwa Campus, you will see the futuristic, all-mirrored "Biosciences Building" between the "Transdisciplinary Sciences Building" on the left and the "Environmental Studies Building" at the back left. Many laboratories of the Department of Integrated Biosciences are in this Biosciences Building, which are widening the horizons of knowledge in life sciences. From the Inter-institutional cooperative laboratories, the Laboratory of Cancer Biology is in the Exploratory Oncology Research & Clinical Trial Center at the National Cancer Center which is located next to Kashiwa Campus and the Laboratory of Applied Bioresources is located in the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (Tsukuba City). From the "Intra-university cooperative laboratories, the Laboratory of Isotope Ecology is located in the University Museum (Hongo Campus) and the Laboratory of Advanced Marine Biosciences is in the Atomosphere and Ocean Research Institute (Kashiwa Campus).

Q: Why is the Department of Integrated Biosciences at Kashiwa Campus?

: For the realization of the academic plan ("Adventure of Knowledge") towards the 21st century to adapt to the development and advancement of academic activities, Kashiwa Campus was established as one of the three campuses of the Tripolar Structure Concept of the university Campus Plan, along with Komaba and Hongo campuses. Following the relocation of the Institute for Solid State Physics and the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, the departments of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences moved from 2001 and started to engage in full activities. In April 2006, departments of the Institute of Environmental Studies were also relocated, and with more new facilities under construction/maintenance, this is literally the place of the frontiers. The Department of Integrated Biosciences was the first from the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences to move to the Kashiwa Campus at Bioscience Building in October 2001, striving be the "bridgehead" of the challenges for the frontier of life science.

Q: From the name Integrated Biosciences, does "integrated" mean anything special? How is it different from other fields of life sciences?

A: If you think about a creative research, the first field of study is like a tiny dot in the map of academic fields. If that new field is interesting or important, it is guaranteed to attract other researchers. Then suddenly you'd have all these researchers following to realize that you are pushed up to the top of this research field. This may be easier to comprehend if you picture a circular cone. The "dot" you started with has turned into something larger, which can be coined as an "integrated" circular cone. As the name "Frontier Sciences" suggests, we aim to become the tip of the cone with our "Integrated Biosciences".

Q: How are the titles named for master's and doctor's?

: They are called "Master of Integrated Biosciences" and "Doctor of Philosophy" (also known as Ph.D.).