2020 Advanced Research Topics for Life Innovation II

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Graduate major in Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering
Nakamura Hiroyuki 
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Course description and aims

Students receive lectures about the leading edge of life engineering fields from leading experts in relevant fields.

Student learning outcomes

Students will be able to:
Acquire knowledges of the cutting edge in life engineering fields
Raise problems in process of advanced research and development
Solve those problems.


the cutting eddge of life enginering, advanced research and development

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Researchers at the forefront give the lectures.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 An introduction to nuclear medicine (Prof. Egorova Bayirta) All types of radioactive emission can provide unique approach to diagnostic and therapy. In this lecture we will consider some chemical and radiochemical basics of nuclear medicine. Several examples of radiopharmaceuticals in use will be discussed.
Class 2 Theories of biological aging (1) (Prof. Feniouk Boris) Aging systems and non-aging systems. Aging systems composed of non-aging elements. Definition of biological aging. Non-aging organisms: negligible senescence phenomenon. Gompertz-Makeham law of mortality. Mortality rate doubling time as a measure of aging rate. Genes that control the rate of aging.
Class 3 Theories of biological aging (2) (Prof. Feniouk Boris) Mechanistic and causative theories of aging. Obsolete causative aging theories: Damage accumulation theory; Rate of living theory; "Good for the species" theory. Modern evolutionary aging theories: mutation accumulation theory, antagonistic pleiotropy theory. Programmed aging: evidence for and against. Aging and cancer.
Class 4 Protein- and peptide-based nanomaterials (1)(Prof. Rodina Elena) The unique properties of peptides and proteins to self-assemble into a variety of nanostructures is employed to create novel nanomaterials with a wide range of applications. In this lecture, different types of peptide- or protein-based materials will be reviewed, and the structural principles of their self-assembly will be discussed.
Class 5 Protein- and peptide-based nanomaterials (2)(Prof. Rodina Elena) Due to diverse functions played by proteins and peptides in nature, they are often utilized for the functionalization of hybrid nanomaterials, especially those designed for medical applications. In this lecture, the types of peptide- and protein-containing conjugated will be described with the focus on the roles provided by these components.
Class 6 RNA-mediated regulation and signaling(Prof. Shavkunov Konstantin) Over the past two decades different types of RNAs implementing previously unknown functions have been identified in all types of organisms. The diversity of their roles is high, just like their abundance in the transcriptomes. For instance, recent studies have highlighted the importance of certain RNA molecules excreted from eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells in interspecies communications, including complex microbe-host interactions. An overview of the currently known species of RNAs and their functionality, which goes far beyond the “classical” concept, will be given.
Class 7 Gene mutations and damages. DNA repair(Prof. Kubareva Elena) Errors are found in all processes occurring in nature. Errors in the genetic material of a cell are called mutations. During the lecture we will consider the types of mutations, factors leading to the occurrence of mutations, ways to correct errors in DNA, some examples of diseases caused by gene mutations.


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Related courses

  • HCB.C451 : Advanced Research Topics for Life Innovation I
  • HCB.C551 : Advanced Research Topics for Life Innovation III
  • HCB.C552 : Advanced Research Topics for Life Innovation IV

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students need to acquire fundamental knowledge in the fields of life-engineering.


If misconduct, such as plagiarism or misappropriation of someone else's work is committed, we will treat it strictly: The grade of the subject will be 0.

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