In 2009 the Department of Applied Biosciences and the Department of Food Life Sciences was added to the Department of Life Sciences in the Faculty of Life Sciences (the Department of Food Life Sciences was later transferred to the Faculty of Food and Nutritional Sciences in 2013), and collaboration across departments became necessary. Then a joint research project by six faculty members across the three departments was awarded the 2010-2013 Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) for “Aquatic ecological risk assessments of silver nanocolloids based on population growth analyses (Principal Investigator: Shosaku Kashiwada)” from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the 2012 New Challenges in Risk Assessment contract (government contract awarded for research on risk assessment) from the Chemical Management Policy Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. This marked the official start of the Research Center for Life and Environmental Sciences, centered on these six faculty members.
The Research Center’s current research project, “Impact of silver nanocolloidson carbohydrate expression of medaka fish embryo development(Principal Investigator: Shosaku Kashiwada)”, has been selected to receive public financial assistance under the Promotional Project for Advancement of Academic Research at Private Universities program. The objective of the research project is to assess the impact that environmental pollution from chemicals has on organisms, ecosystems, and the evolution of ecosystems.