Osaka University (OU)

    osakaOsaka University was established in 1931 as the sixth imperial university. Its origin traces back to a school (“Tekijyuku”) for samurai founded in 1838. Numerous prominent scientists have worked at Osaka University such as the Nobel Laureate in Physics, Hideki Yukawa. Osaka University is one of the top research institutions in Japan. According to Thomson Reuters, Osaka University is the 3rd best research university in Japan. Its research excellence is especially distinctive in Biology and Biochemistry (4th in Japan, 31st in the world), Materials Science (4th in Japan, 15th in the world), Physics (3rd in Japan, 24th in the world), Chemistry (5th in Japan, 14th in the world) and Immunology (1st in Japan, 4th in the world). Osaka University has 11 departments for undergraduate programs, 16 graduate schools, and 21 research institutes. As of 2015, Osaka University has 2,953 academic staffs and 25,248 students including undergraduate and graduate students.

    fbsGraduate School of Frontier Biosciences (FBS) was established in 2002 to advance research and education in life science. The Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences aims at understanding the underlying principles and mechanisms of biological systems that determine their functioning. By bringing together different fields such as physics, compute science, and engineering, the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences covers a wide area of life science including molecular biology, cell biology, neurology, and brain science. Through the support from the Japan Government, in 2012, the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences and the Graduate School of Information and Computer Science of Osaka University have jointly developed a new interdisciplinary research and education program. This further expands the coverage of the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences to include interdisciplinary research areas at the intersection of life science and computer science such as bio-inspired technology and brain-inspired networks.

    Participating Entities and Major Infrastructure

    Osaka University and the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences possess the state-of-the-art facilities to promote cutting-edge research in all areas of science and technology. Within Osaka University, the Cyber-media center maintains a high-performance computing environment that can support multiscale modeling and simulations of biological systems. The Center for Information and Neural Networks houses facilities to develop the state-of-the-art technologies for biology research such as high-resolution imaging technology. The Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences consists of seven core research laboratories that are equipped with hardware and software to study biological systems at all scales from single molecules, cells, and organisms to individuals. These facilities and technologies are readily available to all researchers, staffs and students in Osaka University.

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    Participating Personnel

    Tadashi Nakano

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