National Institutes of Natural Sciences

National Institute for Basic Biology


About NIBB

Outline of NIBB




The National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB) was founded in 1977 to promote and stimulate studies in the field of biology. As a center of excellence (COE), NIBB promotes biological sciences by conducting first-rate research on its own as well as in cooperation with other universities and research organizations. Research at NIBB covers a wide variety of biological fields, such as cell biology, developmental biology, neurobiology, evolutionary biology, environmental biology, and theoretical biology, and is conducted to elucidate general and fundamental mechanisms underlying various biological phenomena.  




Besides being a research institute, NIBB also functions as an institution of higher education.
PhD Program  (Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
NIBB offers advanced graduate education in this excellent research environment with the goal of cultivating future leaders in biology. NIBB constitutes the Department of Basic Biology in the School of Life Science of the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI). The Department offers a five-year Doctoral course for university graduates and a three-year senior Doctoral course for those students who have completed a Master's course.


International Cooperation

In order to stimulate international scientific exchange in the field of basic biology, the National Institute of Basic Biology exchanges researchers, and periodically holds academic symposia.
NIBB annually hosts two international conferences, the NIBB Conference and the Okazaki Biology Conference (OBC). The NIBB Conference has been held every year since the opening of the Institute in 1977. The purpose of the NIBB Conference is to provide a limited number of active researchers with the opportunity to freely discuss current issues in various areas of biological research. The OBC, initiated in 2003, has as its long-term objective the establishment of interdisciplinary networks in pursuit of the solution of major biological problems.
NIBB also undertakes research activities based on academic exchange agreements in collaboration with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) in Germany, America’s Princeton University, and the Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) of Singapore. NIBB Conferences are periodically held as international research workshops and NIBB International Practical Courses are held as hands on international training courses. In addition Okazaki Biology Conferences (OBC) are held with the aim of cultivating new fields in basic biology research, and stimulating the formation of international communities of biology researchers.



In 2004, NIBB, in alliance with four other national institutes - the National Astronomical Observatory, the National Institute for Fusion Science, the National Institute for Physiological Sciences, and the Institute for Molecular Science - established the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), one of the four Inter-University Research Institute Corporations. At this time NINS began to promote collaboration among researchers of the five constituting institutes and to sponsor many projects.