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About iSYM

Integrated Symbiology (iSYM) is an interdisciplinary research program at RIKEN, studying organism-organism interactions. High biological diversity, which is built on numerous organism-organism interactions, ensures natural sustainability for all life forms, including us. 
We aim to understand how organisms interact with each other in the molecular level, revealing novel communication tools and controlling strategies developed by various life forms.

Future Event

RIKEN International Symposium “Frontiers in Integrated Symbiology”
Venue: Tower Hall FUNABORI, 5th floor, small hall
Date: June 4th, 2018
Symposium Program ←Final version with abstracts updated!
Registration is open now! It can be made online.
Important Notice:
-You can enter the small hall from 9:30AM.
-Please print out the program and bring it to the venue.


Recent News Releases


2018/April Dr. Moriya Ohkuma and Dr. Jun Kikuchi's interviews are published in the April issue of RIKEN NEWS.


2018/4/1 Dr. Shirasu group with Dr. Ichihashi team signed a collaborative research agreement with Daichi no Inochi Co., LTD(株式会社大地のいのち) . The purpose is to verify the effects of microbial materials in agriculture.

Daichi no Inochi Co., LTD (株式会社大地のいのち) Website

2018/3/28 Dr. Ichihashi’s collaboration team revealed the mechanism how soil solarization promotes the crop yield. (日本農業新聞2018年3月28日)


2018/2/23 Dr. Atsushi Miyawaki team's paper has been published in Science


Single-cell bioluminescence imaging of deep tissue in freely moving animals. Science, doi:10.1126/science.aaq1067

2017/11/2  Dr. Atsushi Miyawaki received the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon

The government of Japan awarded Dr. Atsushi Miyawaki the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon which is awarded to individuals who have contributed to academic and artistic developments, improvements and accomplishment.

宮脇敦史副センター長が紫綬褒章を受章 (RIKEN)

Decorations and Medals in Japan (Cabinet Office, Government of Japan)

Featured News Report

PacBio Training was held at Yokohama RIKEN.

PacBio Sequel training was held for five days (4/11-4/17). The schedule of training included from sample preparation untill sequencing. During the training, there was also a bioinformatics seminar by PacBio Asia. I hope the training was fruitful for everyone. Attendees were from a variety of research fields in symbiology so it was also a great opportunity to get to know each other. 

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