The Program of Mathematical and Life Sciences features a combination of the curriculums offered by the former Department of Mathematical and Life Sciences of the Graduate School of Science and those in a wide range of areas of life sciences. The Department of Mathematical and Life Sciences, with a focus on life phenomena, was launched in 1999, aiming to create a new academic discipline by melding research in life science, molecular science and mathematical science, and to develop human resources in the new academic field. For nearly 20 years afterwards, the Department made trailblazing efforts to integrate different academic fields both in terms of education and research, as is evident from the publication of many papers coauthored by students and faculty members from different areas of specialty.
Integrated into the Department were mainly research areas that have a relatively particular affinity for mathematical science in life science and molecular science. The past two decades have seen rapid advances in computing science and data science, their wide application to other fields of science, and the progress of quantitative measurement technology in life science. In response to such advances, it is increasingly expected of various fields related to the latest life science to promote collaboration and cooperation with mathematical science. The Program of Mathematical and Life Sciences, newly launched in this context, aims to expand successful experiences of integrated research widely into life science-related areas at Hiroshima University.
As part of the efforts to achieve this purpose, this Program is dedicated to developing human resources who are rich in creativity and can universally and analytically see principles governing life phenomena by taking full advantage of collaboration and cooperation with a wide range of life science-related areas, from the basics to application, and by effectively combining a broad knowledge of life science, molecular science and mathematical science with their own specialized knowledge, rather than approaching life phenomena through a single, limited perspective.