Research Fields

Division of Marine Bioresource Science

Laboratory of Marine Bioresource Production

The laboratory aims to do research and deliver educational programs that evaluate the potential productivity of marine organisms in the Kuroshio coastal area. Also, it aims to develop an understanding of the conservation mechanism of its biodiversity. This is based on research carried out on food-chain structures, early life histories, reproductive strategies and interrelationships among the organisms living in the tideland, algal bed and coral reef ecosystems located in the area.

Laboratory of Cell Structure and Function

The laboratory carries out basic biological education and research on cell structure and function in various organisms such as algae, insects and fish in the Kuroshio area. The laboratory focuses on elucidating mechanisms of cellular morphogenesis and differentiation, which are regulated by endogenous organelle development, growth factors, environmental effects, virus infections and cell-to-cell interactions.

Laboratory of Cetaceans and Environmental Resources (*Collaborative Laboratory by Visiting Professors)

The laboratory investigates the biological and ecological relationship between cetaceans and their environmental resources in regard to maintaining a high productivity in the Tosa Bay and Kuroshio region. Research is carried out on the migration and life cycle of cetaceans such as Bryde's whales and some dolphins. Also, comparative studies on cetaceans and their environmental resources such as planktons, nektons and other schooling fish are carried out.

Division of Environmental Science

Laboratory of Environmental Conservation

The main focus is on the Kuroshio area’s ecosystem in regard to environmental science of biology and chemistry. In addition to this, the laboratory’s research tries to elucidate what the appropriate ecosystems are and how the ecosystems are affected by anthropogenic impact, and to clarify the mechanisms of eutrophication and the breakout of red tides. Finally, environmental conservation and practical techniques of improvement or bioremediation for the environments are proposed.

Laboratory of Environmental Change and Sustainable Society

This laboratory aims to analyze environmental change and sustainable society in the Kuroshio coastal area from the viewpoint of natural and social science. It especially focuses on the interaction between environmental change and the change of Kuroshio coastal area. The interaction due to environmental change of atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere is examined in terms of earth science. In addition, the historical changes to societies in the area and the perspective of it are analyzed through social science. The practical method for conservation and the effective use of natural resources and the environment in the Kuroshio coastal area is also synthetically analyzed based on the both fields.

Division of Human Health and Medical Science

Laboratory of Human Health and Medical Science

The laboratory engages in the research and education of human health and medical science by investigating the effects of marine bioresources on human health from the point of view of immunity and nutrition. It focuses on the identification of beneficial compounds to human health from marine bioresources by structural analysis. Also, it investigates the food materials developed in Kuroshio cultural region based on its rich resources in terms of nutrition and food chemistry. Furthermore, the laboratory plans to investigate the effects of bioactive molecules from marine bioresouces and foods on the immune response against pathogens and cancer cells. It will also examine the possibility of developing medicine regulating the immune response positively or negatively.

Division of Human Science

Laboratory of Human Science

Aged people tend to develop pneumonia due to a marked decline in their immune systems. And it could be easy for them to be bedridden, once they become sick. Therefore, we will study the roles of food and nursing important in keeping them healthy. Furthermore, we will study and educate in the caring methods that help aged people to stand on their own feet and improve their Quality of Life, QOL.