In 2014, the Department of Biological Sciences was transformed by the merger of two former departments into one with a capacity of 84 and 44 students in the master and doctoral courses, respectively.
Students in this Department are engaged in research that seeks to understand universal phenomena and diversity in biology in 90 laboratories, including core facilities, two botanical gardens, a marine biological station, and genetics research laboratory. The biological sciences deal with objects ranging in size from angstroms to the continental scale. The faculty and students advance their own research programs while studying a broad spectrum of research at classes, workshops, and retreats. In a free atmosphere, we aim at unraveling great mysteries and opening up the frontiers of biology.
The discovery of Gingko biloba and Cycada revoluta sperms
Japanese scientists at the University of Tokyo discovered sperms from Gingko biloba and Cycada revoluta more than 120 years ago, which was the first world-class finding of Japanese Botany. This individual was originally grown in Kagoshima Prefecture and clonally propagated to be transplanted to the Botanical Gardens, The University of Tokyo. ©Hirokazu Tsukaya