Learn how to generate ideas at the interface between chemistry and biology.
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Chemistry and biology are traditionally taught as separate subjects at the high school level, where students memorize fundamental scientific principles that are universally accepted. However, at the university level and in industry, we learn that science is not as simple as we once thought. We are constantly confronted by questions about the unknown and required to use creative, integrated approaches to solve these problems. By bringing together knowledge from multidisciplinary fields, we are empowered with the ability to generate new ideas. The goal of this course is to develop skills for generating new ideas at the interface between chemistry and biology by analyzing pioneering studies.
Top performing students will have an opportunity to obtain MEXT Scholarships for postgraduate studies at Kyoto University. In addition, Kyoto University plans to offer travel awards to five students with the highest interim scores, who are interested in visiting Kyoto University for a week during summer.
Motonari Uesugi is a Professor of The Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences and Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University; Editorial Board Member of Chemistry & Biology (Cell Press) and MedChemComm (Royal Society of Chemistry); Editor of Biochemical Journal (London). After completing postdoctoral training in Harvard Chemistry Department, Dr. Uesugi started his independent career in Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, where he has established an interdisciplinary laboratory in the area of chemical biology. He was tenured in Baylor in 2005, and moved to Kyoto University as a full professor in 2005. He is a recipient of Gold Medal Award, Tokyo TechnoForum 21 (2006), The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan Award for Divisional Scientific Promotions (2011) and German Innovation Award Gottfried Wagener Prize (2011). Dr. Uesugi and his co-workers aim to gain a fundamental understanding of biological events through the study of small molecules.
Naoko Tosa is a professor at the Institute for Information Management and Communication, Kyoto University. She is a program manager of KyotoUx and also a program manager of Kyoto University Open Course Ware since 2005. After receiving a Ph.D. for Art and Technology research from the University of Tokyo, She was a fellow at the Centre for Advanced Visual Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology during 2002 - 2004. In 2012 in EXPO Digital Gallery with a LED screen of 250mx30m at Yeosu Marine Expo in Korea, she exhibited her digital artwork called "Four God Flag," which symbolizes the idea of four traditional Asian gods connecting Asia. It was honored by Expo 2012 Committee.
Toru Iiyoshi is the director and a professor of the Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education (CPEHE) at Kyoto University. He serves as an advisor on the instructional design and evaluation of this KyotoUx course. His current areas of research include educational innovation and technology, open education, technology-enhanced scholarship of teaching and learning, and future higher education systems. Dr. Iiyoshi is a co-editor of the Carnegie Foundation book, "Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge" (MIT Press, 2008).
Amelie Perron is a Program Specific Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Chemical Research of Kyoto University. After completing a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at McGill University (Canada), she conducted research on transcription factor inhibitors and fluorescent probes at the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (Japan) and RIKEN Brain Science Institute (Japan), respectively. Her research interests include small molecule tools that modulate cell behavior.
Kohei Nakatsu is designer of the KyotoUx project and his role is to upload course elements. He graduated from Kyoto Institute of Technology (Design Course). He is interested in various issues concerning art and technology. Actually, he has appeared on screen as a dancer in the famous Japanese movie "Ōoku2."