To survey the biodiversity and understand the marine environment, the staff at DMB explore, collect marine organisms, and study systematic deposition using molecular markers at the Marine & Extreme Bioresources Collections. The program includes a wide range of marine organisms with special properties, such as deep-sea microbes, seaweeds, and marine animals. Among the bioresources collected from various extreme environments, a limited number of microorganisms with ecological and biotechnological criteria have been selected for genomic study. We expect that the genome project will provide valuable information allowing us to understand the genetic foundations of organisms adapted to life in the sea. Also, knowledge of the metabolites found in marine organisms will contribute tremendously to progress in many exciting fields including biotechnology and the marine bio-industry. The present study involves the systematic collection of marine organisms from various environments and includes attempts to isolate and structurally characterize novel substances from selected marine organisms. This research will successfully demonstrate the possibilities of marine biotechnology.
The graduates at Department of Marine Biotechnology will get a high degree of expertise in genomics, environmental microbiology, ecology, biochemistry/physiology, structural biology, natural products chemistry, etc. As independent scientists with broad perspectives in marine biotechnology, they will contribute to the advance of this field.