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RIKEN Center for Brain Science Support Unit for Bio-Material Analysis

Unit Leader: Nobuko Mataga (Ph.D.)

Research Summary

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 Fields

  • Biological Sciences

Related Research Fields

  • Complex Systems
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Medicine, Dentistry & Pharmacy


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

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Lab Members

Principal investigator

Nobuko Mataga
Unit Leader

Core members

Kenji Ohtawa
Expert Technician
Masaya Usui
Expert Technician
Keisuke Fukumoto
Expert Technician
Hiromasa Morishita
Expert Technician
Taku Sugiyama
Expert Technician
Reiko Ito
Expert Technician
Reiko Ando
Expert Technician
Kumi Kaneko
Expert Technician
Fujiko Sakai
Expert Technician
Noriko Fujimori
Expert Technician
Kaori Otsuki
Expert Technician
Sumiko Nakae
Expert Technician
Shino Kurata
Technical Staff I
Megumi Osaki
Technical Staff II

Contact Information

2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan
Email: mataga [at] riken.jp