Centers & Labs

RIKEN Brain Science Institute

Support Unit for Bio-Material Analysis

Unit Leader: Nobuko Mataga (Ph.D.)
Nobuko  Mataga(Ph.D.)

In bioscience fields including neuroscience, researchers make use of a variety of technologies to accomplish their research goals. The unit (BMA) provides essential technical supports and experimental infrastructure to RIKEN members. For technical services, skillful BMA staff accurately and rapidly analyze biological materials (including DNA/RNA, proteins, and amino acids) and synthesize peptides, as requested. The unit also supervises shared experimental facilities, where instruments are ready-to-use for research projects. The facilities/instruments are self-run by researchers but the BMA staff gives startup instructions and advice. As the analysis & technical support the BMA organizes educational seminars and research equipment exhibition.

Main Research Field

Biological Sciences

Related Research Fields

Complex systems / Chemistry / Biology / Medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy


  • Technical Support Services (staff-run)
  • Research Equipment Management (Shared experimental areas)
  • Technical consulting
  • Research equipment and materials exhibition
  • Educational seminar

Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Nobuko Mataga
Unit Leader

Core Members

Kumi Kaneko
Technical Staff I
Kenji Ohtawa
Technical Staff I
Masaya Usui
Technical Staff I
Fujiko Sakai
Technical Staff I
Kaori Otsuki
Technical Staff I
Keisuke Fukumoto
Technical Staff I
Hiromasa Morishita
Technical Staff I
Shino Kurata
Technical Staff I
Sumiko Nakae
Technical Staff II
Reiko Ito
Technical Staff II
Aya Abe
Technical Staff II
Megumi Osaki
Technical Staff II
Kazuko Tanaka

Contact information

2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan

Email: mataga [at]

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