Systems Biology(BI)

Masaru Tomita Professor, Program ChairpersonUnderstanding Life as a System with Big Data and Making Contributions to Medical Care, Food, and the Environment

NAITO, Yasuhiro
Professor, Program Chairperson

It is now possible to obtain enormous amounts of data on living systems through comprehensive measurement and analysis. For example, we can use metabolomic analysis for metabolomics, metagenomic analysis for DNA, transcriptome analysis for gene expression, and proteome analysis for proteins. Systems biology is expected to use this data to reveal the inner workings of life and go on to apply the findings to benefit society. The Systems Biology Project at SFC collaborates with TTCK (Tsuruoka Town Campus) to allow for a multifaceted approach to be taken in a variety of frontier fields, such as cancer, the immune system, the gut microbiome, food and health, the origin and evolution of life, extremophiles, astrobiology, microbial communities in urban environments, genomics, and systems biology. The Program also develops unique bio-ventures, including a saliva test to detect cancer, a blood test to diagnose depression, and the production of synthetic spider silk.

Affiliated Academic Projects

  • Advanced Biosciences A
  • Advanced Biosciences B
  • Multifaceted Considerations of the Meaning of "Life" etc

List of Academic Project

Faculty Members(as of April, 2022)

Note: "◎" indicates the Program chairperson. " "(Underline) indicates not Graduate School Committee Members.

Name Title Research Interrest(S)
ARAKAWA, Kazuharu ProfessorBioinformatics, Systems Biology, Genome Science
HIRAYAMA, AkiyoshiAssociate ProfessorMetabolomics, Analytical Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry
KANAI, Akio ProfessorMolecular Biology, Molecular Evolution
KURODA, Hiroki ProfessorDevelopmental Biology
◎NAITO, Yasuhiro ProfessorTheoretical Biology
SOGA, Tomoyoshi ProfessorMetabolomics, Analytical Chemistry, Cancer metabolism
SUZUKI, Haruo Associate ProfessorBioinformatics, Genome Microbiology
TOMITA, Masaru ProfessorSystems Biology, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Regional Policy
TSUJIMOTO, MegumuAssistant ProfessorPolar Ecology, Ecology, Conservation Biology
WATANABE, Mitsuhiro ProfessorHealth Science, Anti-aging, Metabolic Disease, Naturopathic Medicine, Preventive Medicine


Name Title Research Interrest(S)
AKIYAMA, Miki ProfessorHealth Communication, Community Health, Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Policy.

Faculty Profile

Possibilities after Graduation

Graduates of this Program are playing leading roles in the pharmaceutical, food, and computer/technology industry (research and development section) and consulting firms. Students who aspire to pursue advanced scientific careers have opportunities to proceed to the Doctoral program. Many of its Ph.D. graduates have become exceptional researchers in universities or research institutes in Japan and overseas.