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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.

Recent Event

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Event Information

FRONTIERS in Rhizosphere Research
2018/11/20 at Yokohama RIKEN, Lecture Hall

List of Speakers

Stephane Hacquard
Yasunori Ichihashi
Arno Germond
Hirokazu Toju
Ruben Garrido-Oter
Shuta Asai
Ryohei Thomas Nakano
Masahito Hosokawa
Yuji Ishigaki

Program(Final version)

Recent News Releases


2018/11/29 Dr. Kenya Honda, Dr. Ken Shirasu and Dr. Kazuki Saito were seleted as the Highly Cited Researchers 2018

Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers

2018/11/2 Dr. Kazuki Saito received the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon

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


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

2018/October Dr.Shigehiro Kuraku's interview is published in the October issue of RIKEN NEWS


2018/10/19 Dr. Hiroyuki Osada


Structures and Synthesis of Hitoyopodins: Bioactive Aromatic Sesquiterpenoids Produced by the Mushroom Coprinopsis cinerea. Organic Letters, doi: 10.1021/acs.orglett.8b02788

2018/10/9 Dr. Shigehiro Kuraku


Whole genomes of shark species decodedーGetting a grip on the slow but unique evolution of sharksー

2018/September Dr. Arno Germond received the Early Research in Biophysics Award of The Biophysical Society 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. 



June 4th, 2018

Photo of Professor Scott C Peck

RIKEN International Symposium "Frontiers in Integrated Symbiology"

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