Course Introduction

 The food industry fundamentally depends on biotechnology for elucidation of the biological functions and health benefits of food. With the aim of contributing to the improvement of the quality of life and the promotion of human health as well as assuring food safety, our research approaches are focused on discovery and elucidation of the novel health benefits of food compounds. The studies involve various techniques at the molecular, genetic, cellular, and animal levels to investigate the health and disease-preventing effects of bioactive compounds. The structures and functions of key food compounds, such as enzymes, polysaccharides, and phytochemicals from animals and plants as well as the origin of microorganisms are thoroughly studied to develop new bioactive materials and comprehend their health benefits.