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The Department of Biology, Tohoku University
The Department of Biology of Tohoku University was established in 1922 and has been producing a number of graduates and postgraduates active in both academic and non-academic world. The Department was founded by Professor Shinkisi Hatai who had been a Professor of Wister Institute, Philadelphia, USA, and by Professor Hans Molisch, who later became the President of Viena University, Viena, Austria. Since then the priority-in-research and open-door spirits of Tohoku University prevail over the Department as well.
Prof. Shinkisi Hatai
Prof. Hans Molisch
Institution While the Department has kept the spirit and tradition founded by the pioneers on one hand, it is promoting updated research activities in response to ever-developing biological sciences on the other. Present research activities cover the whole range of basic biology, from molecular and cellular biology through ecology and evolutionary biology. The Asamushi Laboratory of Marine Biology, the Mount Hakkoda Botanical Laboratory, and the Botanical Garden, three facilities belonging to the Faculty of Science, also have been contributing to the education and research activities in biology.
In 1995, the whole Department was reorganized into a research-oriented institute of biology both in name and reality, constituting the Graduate School of Science of Tohoku University. The Department consists of three major sections (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Molecular Bioregulation) and two cooperative sections (Marine Biology and Environmental Biology). Total number of teaching staffs is 42 including 13 full professors. We receive 12 doctor course students, 25 master course students and 40 undergraduates every year. We more than welcome talented biologists and students to promote biological sciences in Sendai.
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