The chief aim of the Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences is to train good scientists and professionals who have research ability and scholarship to achieve creative study. The core of the Biological Sciences Doctoral Program is basic biology.
The Doctoral Program comprises three fields that are complementary to each other:
- The Diversity Biology field focuses on understanding of evolutionary diversity and relationships between communities and environments.
- The Cell Biology field focuses on understanding of cellular signal transduction networks, functions of organelles, cell differentiation and neuroscience.
- The Molecular Biology field focuses on molecular mechanisms of universal life phenomenon based on genetic information and protein-protein interactions.
Considering that the 21st Century is the Age of Biology, our program is organized to integrate inter-disciplinary research fields of biological sciences. The curriculum is thus designed for cultivating student’s ability to solve wide range of biological problems with an inter-disciplinary approach. Degrees to be awarded in the programs are Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy in Science, or Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences. To receive the Doctoral degree, students are required to write a thesis, and to pass final examinations for Doctoral degree. The residence requirement in the Doctoral Program is basically 3 years, but students with high motivation, talent and research ability, are encouraged to obtain a degree in less than 3 years. In addition to study on the main campus, students may also study under the supervision of guest professors who are in some public and private institutions in and around Tsukuba in the Cooperative Graduate School System. The table below summarizes the faculty members and their major research fields in this Doctoral Program. Students who are interested in the program should study the list, and contact a possible supervisor beforehand.