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About the Division of Bioengineering and Bioinformatics

Outline/history

Outline

Unlocking the secret of life from the perspective of engineering
Science of a new age that integrates both information and biological science

In the course of evolution over nearly four billion years, living creatures have acquired structures and functions that are suitable for their surroundings. In the 21st century, people have rapidly deepened their understanding of such lives, and it is necessary to develop new science and technology focused on life, humans and the environment in light of the reflections on what science and technology have brought about to the human society and the global environment in the previous century. Especially, science and technology related to life and humans have been integrated with the recently growing fields of computer technology and nanotechnology, and are expected to develop dramatically as new academic disciplines. Since they are also expected to expand markets as new industries, international research and development will become increasingly competitive.

In line with such a situation, this division provides a rich curriculum for students to systematically learn the basics of the interdisciplinary fields of both information and biological science covering everything from genes to individuals, employing many internationally highly-acclaimed researchers who promote advanced research.

Within this education and research environment, this division fosters professionals who have knowledge and ability to lead the development of science and technology involving life, humans and medical care, and who can participate in advanced bioengineering and bioinformatics research in the future.

History

1940s The Research Institute of Ultrashort Waves (present Research Institute for Electronic Science) was established.
1979 The Division of Bioengineering, the first of its kind at a national university, was established.
The division played a key role in fostering bioengineering researchers and medical engineers.
2004 The Graduate School of Information Science and Technology was established.
To enhance molecular and cellular biological information science, the education and research system was reorganized, and new courses in genome information, cellular information and bionanotechnolgy and regenerative medical engineering were introduced to establish the fields of bioengineering and bioinformatics.
A wealth of researchers with different backgrounds, including electronics, biology, machine engineering and chemistry, actively promote research in new fields through the integration of their knowledge.
2014 Reorganization

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