Three years ago, the Department of Biochemistry and former Department of Biology here at the University of Tokyo were combined to form the new Department of Biological Sciences. With 62 full time professors, 84 masters students, and 44 doctorate students, we're a very lively department, and two years ago I had the honor of being named department head. Our department's fields of study are all rooted in cellular and molecular biology, and include biochemistry, structural biology, developmental biology, neuroscience, medical science, ecology, zoology, botany, anthropology, genomics, bioinformatics, and systems biology. Virtually all areas under the umbrella of biology are studied here, and the research we conduct on a day to day basis spans from angstroms to kilometers, and from millisecond long molecular interactions to million year long evolutionary journeys. Having all these bright minds working together, be they faculty or student, allows us to pool our knowledge and try to discover something new together. Communication and sharing of ideas are very important to us. Through gatherings such as masters and doctoral thesis defenses, faculty seminars, our annual department retreat, and many others, we strive to promote a constant flow of ideas between department members with the intention of fostering new and innovative ideas for how to approach our research, and I couldn't be happier with the friendly and productive environment we've created. I hope that we can continue these efforts and maintain an environment that supports our young and budding scientists that allows them to make exciting discoveries in the field, and I'm truly grateful for all of the support I receive from those around me to help make this vision a reality.

April 21st, 2017
Yuichi Iino
Head, Department of Biological Sciences