Department of Insect Biomedical Research

After four effective years as a temporary project center from April 2005 to December 2009, the Department of Insect Biomedical Research was granted official status in January 2010. Biomedical research to clarify biological function of responsible genes for human diseases and their related genes, and research to explore medicines and diagnostic biomarkers using highly valued insects such as Drosophila and silkworms as model organisms, contribute to elucidating pathogenic mechanisms of intractable human diseases.

The center also contributes to the development of protein chips and regenerative medicine, such as tissue regeneration, by use of slow-release cell growth factors using insect virus micro-crystals.