The Chemistry of Life

Unit 11 – Part 1 – Sugars and Fats Motonari Uesugi


Graduate School
Institute for Chemical Research, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS)
Instructor name
Motonari Uesugi(Professor of The Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences and Institute for Chemical Research)


Outline and Purpose of the Course
Chemistry and biology are traditionally taught as separate subjects at the high school level, where students memorize fundamental scientific principles that are universally accepted. However, at the university level and in industry, we learn that science is not as simple as we once thought. We are constantly confronted by questions about the unknown and required to use creative, integrated approaches to solve these problems. By bringing together knowledge from multidisciplinary fields, we are empowered with the ability to generate new ideas. The goal of this course is to develop skills for generating new ideas at the interface between chemistry and biology by analyzing pioneering studies.
Course Goals
・How to generate ideas for research and business
・How to read and write chemical structures
・How to use chemistry for biology
・How to control biological events by chemical means
・How to integrate chemistry and biology
Schedule and Contents
Unit 1: Understanding Chemical Structures
Unit 2: Writing and Synthesizing DNA
Unit 3: DNA/RNA Applications
Unit 4: Idea Generation Techniques
Unit 5: Writing Amino Acids
Unit 6: Writing and Synthesizing Proteins
Unit 7: Combinatorial Chemistry & Chemical Genetics
Unit 8: Fluorescent Molecules for Tracking Biology
Unit 9: Fluorescent Proteins for Tracking Biology
Unit 10: Review of Ideas
Unit 11: Ideas for Fooling Sugars and Fats
Unit 12: Ideas for Fighting against Cancer & Virus
Unit 13: Review of Ideas
Course Requirements
None. Knowledge of basic junior high school science is recommended.