The 20th century has seen modernization and great strides made in the fields of biology and engineering. Progress in genetic manipulation technology, in various imaging and measuring techniques, in network engineering, and in the decoding of the genome nucleotide sequence has allowed new systems- and genome-centered developments, such as personalized medicine and molecule agriculture. Further applications are expected to be developed in the future, including regenerative medicine and nano-diagnosis and treatment. These applications – the so-called post-genome science – are combined with information sciences to form “systems life sciences.”
In order to tackle and make full use of the rapid progress in life sciences, we need to fuse several disciplines, such as biology, informatics and engineering. Our graduate school aims to educate talented individuals, using a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach. Based on this objective, the Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences at Kyushu University is organized so as to establish a globally competitive education/research core through the faculties of several disciplines; such as informatics, engineering, agriculture, biology and medicine. Our School was established in April 2003 as the first interdisciplinary Graduate School at Kyushu University.
Our faculty members are from six Faculties and two Research Institutes. The Graduate School is designed to focus on enhancing interdisciplinary activities. It provides a five-year Ph.D. course to nurture global leaders of research and education in Systems Life Sciences, and top-line professionals with interdisciplinary expertise, equipped with the so-called double-major in biology and informatics, or biology and engineering. It also provides a Master’s degree to students at the end of the first two years of the course, if requested.
By 2008, all staff at the Department of Biological Science of the Graduate School of Science had been reorganized and combined into the Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences to expand the education field to include immunology, neuroscience, molecular evolution and ecology. The reorganization added a new division, Biological Sciences, to the preexisting four divisions that included Bioinformatics, Life Engineering and Medical Molecular Cell Biology. This provides an up-to-date education core that covers the entire biological field from molecules, genes, cells, individuals, populations, to the environment.
In 2009, a renovated building in the Maidashi Campus was chosen to host our Graduate School, in anticipation of the new-stage of education in biological functions and medical engineering that has resulted from closer interaction with the medical field. Our Graduate School is now establishing its status as a hub for all graduate schools involved in Life Sciences at Kyushu University, and as a global education/research core.
We welcome you to the Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences and encourage you to challenge for future developments in this exciting field!