The center has 5 thematic sections consisted mainly of faculty members affiliated with the three natural science related departments at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in the Komaba I campus. In addition, there are cooperating faculty members from the greater Komaba area that participate in periodic meetings and an early exposure program for the undergraduate students. From late 2016, the center became the core partner of the Universal Biology Institute (UBI) hosted at the Science department in the Hongo campus. All center members currently have joint affiliation with UBI to expand the center’s research and educational initiatives to the cross-campus level and beyond.
- Explore mathematics and theories of biological organization and dynamics with emphasis on reaching beyond the confines of traditional statistical physics and thermodynamics.
- Explore the underlying principle of emergent phenomena in multicell systems and the reproducibility of development and differentiation. Analysis of coordinated functional diversification and quantitative characterization of ordering in cell populations.
- Development of micro-devices, microfabrication techniques, optogenetics and related tools to perturb intracellular reaction, optical recordings and related methodology for quantitative analysis. Application of the technology to explore the common principle behind various biological phenomena.
- 構成部門Constructive Approach
- Understanding the origin of life and evolution of protocells by construction and analysis of self-replicating reaction networks based on biological or non-biological organic materials. The focus is on analyzing protocells capable of self-replicating over generations for their ability to diversify and evolve.
- ■Norikazu Ichihashi
- ■Taro Toyota
- ■Miho Yanagisawa
(*Komaba district partner)