Looking at Cells from the Perspective of Molecules

The Graduate School of Biological Sciences undertakes advanced research to elucidate various mechanisms and pathways regulating living organisms, microorganisms, plants and animals, at the molecular and cellular levels, and clarifies principles of the basic phenomena of life and biological diversity.

In the 21st Century COE and Global COE programs, we elucidated the dynamic networks of molecules that comprise cells, using several advanced techniques in exhaustive analyses of genome sequences and protein structures. Based on such advanced fundamental research, the Graduate School of Biological Sciences produces research and development that benefits human well-being. Our programs for international students cultivate their abilities to play active roles in the international community of advanced life science and technology.

Active and high-level faculty and staff

Our dynamic research and education programs are led by internationally active faculty. The Graduate School of Biological Sciences is one of the top institutes in attracting funds such as Grants-in-Aid for scientific research and the COE programs from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and Japanese government ministries, demonstrating our faculty and staff's superior reputation both domestically and internationally.

Extensive research facilities

Each division is equipped with various state-of-the-art equipment. Additionally, the shared equipment provided at numerous locations within the School competes with the most advanced available facilities for biological science research in Japan.

Graduate school education with a comprehensive curriculum

We provide two graduate courses to meet students' needs for their future careers: a two-year Bio-Expert course, and a five-year Frontier Bio course. We also offer an international course that provides a wide range of lectures covering the diverse fields of biological sciences in English.

Support for student research and life

We have a strong support system for students, enabling them to focus on research without worrying about their daily life and expenditures. We offer scholarships from the Japan Student Services Organization and other public and private entities, and TA and RA funding for accomplished students in the doctoral program.

New graduate university education system

NAIST's efforts to reform graduate university education have been recognized consecutively in programs promoted by MEXT: the Initiatives for Attractive Education in Graduate Schools (2005-2006), the Support Program for Improving Graduate School Education (2007-2009), and the Global Initiatives Program for Promoting Overseas Collaborative Research Toward Graduate Education in Biological Science, Nano-science, and Information Technology (2011-2016). With support from these programs, NAIST helps students to develop an autonomous and international outlook as part of a graduate university education that is unparalleled in Japan.

Research and Education Center for Genetic Information

We manage and operate campus-wide joint education and research facilities for radioisotope, animal and plant experiments at the Center. The Radioisotope Facility is responsible for the safety of radioisotopes used throughout NAIST as well as for user training. The Animal Experimentation Facility houses small animals and provides training for users. It also produces various transgenic mice to support research. The Botanical Greenhouses comprise both open and closed green-houses. This facility houses various individual plants necessary for research activities, including transgenic plants.

These facilities are essential resources for advanced biological sciences. Technicians and other expert staff are employed to ensure the Center operates efficiently.

Graduate School of Biological Sciences


Division of Plant Biology

Division of Biomedical Science

Division of Systems Biology

Affiliate Laboratories

Endowed Laboratory