Outline of Collaborative Research

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Collaborative Research

As a Inter-University Research Institute, the National Institute for Basic Biology solicits research projects with external researchers attached to other universities and institutes and NIBB’s divisions and laboratories to be conducted using NIBB's facilities.

Priority collaborative research projects

Creative research projects that push the foundations and guide the worldwide development of modern biology to new levels trough collaboration of researchers from other institutions and the professors, associate professors, and assistant professors of NIBB.

Model organism development collaborative research projects

Projects that further the establishment and development of new and useful model organisms as well as the development of new parsing techniques. Projects are solicited from both external researchers as well as researchers from NIBB’s Core Research Facilities, The BioResource center, and the Center for Radioisotope Facilities. These projects are implemented from the standpoint that development of new model organisms and new parsing techniques is absolutely essential to the progress of the biological sciences.
1) Research that aims to develop, establish, or improve model organisms.
2) Research that aims to develop, establish, or improve parsing techniques.
3) Meetings and workshops aimed at spreading new model organisms and new parsing techniques.

Individual collaborative research projects

Collaborative projects between researchers from other institutions and the professors, associate professors, and assistant professors of NIBB carried out on a case by case basis.

Research Seminars

Small meetings that target important subjects in the realm of basic biology.

Collaborative experiments using the Large Spectrograph

Experiments and research conducted under the auspices of NIBB that use the Okazaki Large Spectrograph.
Research themes
The following 4 themes have been established as subjects for collaborative experiments aimed at clarifying the mechanisms of the photoreceptive systems that control a vast number of biological processes.
I “Control of cellular functions through light signals”
II “Transduction of light energy”
III “Light and space recognition of organisms”
IV “Biological damage of ultra-violet rays and photoreactivation”

Collaborative experiments using DSLM

Research using Digital Scanned Light-sheet Microscopes (DSLM): The DSLM developed by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is a fluorescence microscope that uses lateral light sheets to expose the target of observation. The particular characteristics of these microscopes are; 1) ability to perform deep tissue imaging, 2) High speed stereogram acquisition, 3) Minimal bleaching and phototoxicity, while allowing live bioimaging on the mm scale.

Collaborative experiments using next generation DNA sequencers

Research and experiments using next generation DNA sequencers (Applied Biosystems SOLiD System)

Utilization of Facilities

Practical Training Course laboratory

a laboratory set aside for training courses aimed at spreading cutting edge research techniques used in the field of basic biology.



Special Collaborative Researchers

NIBB accepts and provides guidance to graduate students from other universities in Japan as Special Collaborative Researchers.
Application Requirements:
Applicants must be students currently attached to a graduate university. Students from National, public, and private universities in Japan are accepted.

Genome Informatics Training Courses

NIBB holds genome informatics training courses for researchers in Japan.