For the second-year undergraduate students, we are in charge of the unit, “Molecular aspect of cell biology” and “Laboratory course” under the module of “Molecular basis of biology”. The contents of “Molecular aspect of cell biology (lecture)” includes, topics related to the structure and function of membranes, transport across membranes, organization and function of intracellular organelles, intracellular trafficking, cytoskeleton, extracellular matrix, signal transduction, cell cycle and cell death. During the laboratory course, the purification and characterization of an enzyme (pH-dependency, effects of inhibitors, comparison of isozymes, kinetic analysis) were done.
For the graduate students, in order to demonstrate various research examples, we lectured on the following subjects; (1) cell-surface assembly of proteins (CD38 as an example), (2) membrane domains (lipid rafts) and sphingosine-1-phosphate signaling, (3) structure and function of proteoglycans, (4) structure and role of extracellular matrix (5) analysis of the response to the gravity change at a cellular and individual levels and its clinical application. All the lectures were done in English. We also hold the special lectures "Tissue Myeloid Progenitors Differentiate into Pericytes in Developing Skin Vasculature" (October 14, 2016) and“New function of lysosomes in osteoclasts and osteoblasts” (December 22, 2016).

Lectures & Courses

For the undergraduate students, our aim is to provide the students with the basic knowledge in biochemistry to help them to understand cellular function based on the structure and function of biomolecules. For the graduate students, we encourage them to acquire an ability and research skill to study the cellular responses at molecular levels.