Welcome to GTR, the Graduate Program of Transformative Chem-Bio Research! In the chemistry and life science fields, what contributions do you aspire to make to the development of society and science? In light of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we see that the challenges related to our disciplines are becoming increasingly diverse and complicated, including materials development to contribute to industrial and technological innovation, energy issues, food issues, life sciences to promote health, and environmental issues. Both research aimed at solving these problems and fundamental research aimed at genuine elucidation of the truth and the advancement of science are important. We believe that the key to breaking through in these research areas is not to stay within one discipline, but to integrate the knowledge and wisdom of multiple disciplines and take on the challenge of opening up a new horizon. The GTR aims to develop researchers who will advance the interdisciplinary frontiers and create the wisdom and knowledge of the future.
To attain this goal, the GTR places the promotion of interdisciplinary research at the core of its activities. We intend to educate students by encouraging them to work independently on their breakthrough research themes. We promote interdisciplinary research in which students will not stay within one laboratory, but work in multiple laboratories to actively advance their studies. The importance of interdisciplinary research and laboratory rotation has been repeatedly discussed, but the adoption of such policies is easier said than done, and the question is how effectively we can accomplish these goals. The Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM) has taken up the challenge of combining chemistry and biology, and produced multiple promising results by promoting enthusiasm among the students, researchers, and instructors. The feeling of excitement ("Waku-Waku") is our key to success. The GTR welcomes students who are willing to cross the boundaries of science, engineering, bio-agriculture, and drug discovery and share this spirit with us. The GTR encourages you to take advantage of the opportunities for your independent activities and develop your own research power. We hope that each one of you are a member of the group that enjoys doing science together all the time. Let's enjoy the time we share at the GTR!
Professor, Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules