University of Hyogo School of Science

Introduction for Faculty of Science

Introduction for Faculty of Science

Introduction for Faculty of Science

Intoroduction for Faculty of Science

Graduate School of Life Science

Address of the Dean

Studying the top-level life science aiming at a global leader

All living things are composed of cells, and cells are in turn constructed by molecules including proteins. At the Graduate School of Life Science, we have long made effort to understand all life phenomena at the levels of cells, molecules, and finally, atoms. The achievements of our effort have been highly appreciated, and hence our graduate school was selected as a nucleus in 21st Century COE Program, and Global COE Program, by MEXT, Japan. Based on the experiences in education at the Ph.D. level through these COE programs, we further proposed a plan, Next generation picobiology pioneered by photon sciences, to The Leading Program in Doctoral Education by MEXT, which was approved in December 2011. Here, we will offer a Ph.D. program of frontier life science employing photon science facilities such as SPring-8 and SACLA, by closely cooperating with RIKEN. Through the top level studies and achievements in life science, students are expected to acquire high-quality scholarship and hence become global top leaders playing active parts in many fields of the society. For this purpose, a 5-year Ph.D. course, Department of Picobiology, will be newly set up April, 2013, in addition to Department of Life Science. Thus, we will have two departments in our Graduate School of Life Science, either of which students may choose, depending on their aptitude. We sincerely hope that highly-motivated young people come together here at Harima to study the top-level life science, and then venture in the world as global leaders.


History and organization

The Graduate School of Life Science was established when the University of Hyogo was founded in 2004. The Graduate School of Life Science consists of a single Department of Life Science and offers four courses: Structural Biology, Functional Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Earth and Environmental Sciences. The course of Earth and Environmental Sciences is composed of graduate students from both the Department of Life Science and the Department of Material Science located in the School of Science. Administratively, the Graduate School of Life Science is composed of 17 Chairpersons and three Associate Chairpersons. In April, 2013, we are expecting to newly open Department of Picobiology, a 5-year Ph.D. course.
The Graduate School of Life Science aims to understand the molecular mechanisms of life through the application of a wide range of scientific approaches. To this end, faculty members, who are at the cutting edge of research in interdisciplinary fields of life sciences and who strive to pursue original research, collaborate very closely with each other in education and research that often exceeds the laboratory framework. In addition, the Graduate School of Life Science has been designated one of the 21st Century COE (Center of Excellence) Programs in Life Science supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan from 2002 to 2006. The Graduate School of Life Science was successively approved as a nucleus in Global COE Program by MEXT, from 2007 to 2011. Through these COE programs, the faculties aim to educate and cultivate young researchers with worldwide views and activities.


The Graduate School of Life Science welcomes those students who are eager to learn the mechanisms of life, and subsequently contribute to our understanding of the mysteries of life.


Interdisciplinary Life Science and Material Science are sections of the Graduate School of Life Science. The borders are unfixed among special fields such as biology, biochemistry, and earth sciences, and even between Life Science and Material Science. Furthermore, our school cooperates with Riken Harima Institute (SPring-8), Laboratory of Advanced Science and Technology for Industry. The situation has developed the interdisciplinary fields in our school. The staff and graduate students will aim together to reach innovative fields in science.