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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

Symbiology Workshop 2019 & RIKEN-JSS Joint Symposium

Date: 2019 November 18-19
Venue: Yokohama RIKEN, Lecture Hall
Hosts: iSYM, Biology of Symbiosis and Japan Symbiology Society


Symbiology Workshop 2019 group photo

Recent News Releases


2021/7/30 Dr. Kenya Honda

腸内細菌から産生される健康長寿に関わる胆汁酸 百寿者のマイクロバイオームで増加する新たな胆汁酸の生合成経路

Novel bile acid biosynthetic pathways are enriched in the microbiome of centenarians. Nature, doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-03832-5

2021/7/15 Dr. Hiroshi Ohno


2021/3/18 Dr. Hiroshi Ohno, Dr. Atsushi Miyawaki, Dr. Ken Shirasu and Dr. Yasunori Ichihashi received RIKEN EIHO Award (RIKEN Sginificant Achievement Award) and Dr. Takayuki Motoyama received RIKEN BAIHO Award (RIKEN Excellent Achievement Award)


2021/3/17 Dr. Atsushi Miyawaki received Japan Academy Medal

宮脇 敦史チームリーダー、神谷 勇治名誉研究員が日本学士院賞を受賞

2021/March Dr. Shunji Takahashi's interview is published in the March issue of RIKEN NEWS


2021/January Dr. Aki Minoda's interview is published in the January issue of RIKEN NEWS


2020/December Dr. Yasunori Ichihashi's interview is published in the December issue of RIKEN NEWS


2020/November Dr. Ken Shirasu's interview is published in the November issue of RIKEN NEWS


2020/9/3 Dr. Ken Shirasu


Parasitic plants attack crops when defending themselves from microbes


Featured News Report

Sequel II System has been introduced!

"Sequel II System" has been introduced to RIKEN Yokohama. It has been installed next to Sequel. The read lengths is about eight times longer than original system!

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