Scientifically researches whole animals

Milk, meat and fur. We live surrounded by “gifts” from animals every day. The relationship between us and them continuing since ten thousand years ago will last without end, even it has changed greatly nowadays.

The department educates and researches comprehensively from birth/growth of animals to products utilization, aiming at clarification of life phenomena which surround animals and their ecosystems, also effective utilization of products. We are the group exploring science for entire animals and environment which surrounds them.


  • Department of Animal Science is comprised of following 6 fields.

  • In the department, you can learn by broad curriculum ranging from animal production, basics of animal science and products utilization.

  • We perform education staying in close communication with farms and pastures in Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere.

  • Curriculum is organized via cooperation of Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine which has many common contents in basic subjects, thus fulfilling contents of education.

Study in Department

  • Animal Genetics and Reproduction

    Current research activities: application of genetic and epigenetic information for improvement and conservation of genetic resources; genetics of reproductive traits; embryo manipulation, development and differentiation.

  • Animal Production System

    Current research activities: efficiency in animal production system; energy and nitrogen flow in animal production system; comparison of land uses for animal production.

  • Animal Function and Nutrition

    Current research activities: biochemical, molecular biological and ecological studies on animal digestion; Development of functional feeds.

  • Cell and Tissue Biology

    Current research activities: Development of availability of meat proteins; tenderization mechanism of meat; Mechanism of skeletal muscle development.

  • Applied Food Science

    Current research activities: clarifying morphological and physiological characters, and genetic variability of root and shoot to make up new varieties of high tolerance for soil water and nutrients stress in field crops.

  • Genome-Enabled Biochemistry

    Current research activities: My research laboratory seeks to improve the production of renewable bioenergy through the discovery of novel biomass-degrading enzymes and other key enzymes used by biomass-degrading organisms. Aim 1. By examining cellulosic environmental niches, my laboratory will identify previously uncharacterized cellulolytic microbial communities and characterize their cellulolytic potential. Newly identified microbial communities will be subjected to multi-metaomics analyses to identify key biomass-degrading enzymes. Aim 2. Using these metaomics datasets to identify genes and proteins of interest, high throughput functional analysis using gene synthesis and cell-free protein expression will be performed to elucidate the recombinant enzymesʼ activities toward plant biomass. Aim 3. Phylogenetic analysis will be performed to identify multifunctional biomass-degrading enzymes from the enzyme family of interest such as glycoside hydrolases. Analogous approaches described in Aim 2 will be used to discover biomass-degrading enzymes and proteins with potentially important roles (i.e. Highly expressed genes;Abundant proteins in the meta-environments). In this study, protein engineering approaches will also be attempted to improve biofuels technology.