Centers & Labs

RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center

Cell Dynamics Research Core

Core Director: Toshio Yanagida (Ph.D.)
Toshio  Yanagida(Ph.D.)

To understand the fundamental properties of biological molecules like mRNA and proteins, advanced spatial-temporal techniques that can measure their dynamics quantitatively are needed. This includes the ability to detect and image single molecules inside living cells and single cells inside living tissues. Quantifying these dynamics will clarify the complex networks in which these molecules and cell operate, which will then lead to numerical models and simulations that can more accurately predict how these systems (cells and organs) will respond to a perturbation (like a drug). Accurately describing the system behaviour will lead to better understanding of the basic control principles that drive these networks. Below is a list of some of the techniques and technologies the Cell Dynamics Research Core will be pursuing.