Basic information of the Research Area

[Life Phenomena and Materials]Life Phenomena and Materials

Research Supervisor

Yoko ToyoshimaProfessor Emeritus, University of Tokyo

Strategic Objective

Elucidation of the mechanisms relating to changes in biological robustness associated with aging and control of age-related diseases
Integrated understanding of human multi-sensing networks and elucidation of their control mechanisms
Design of plant-derived molecules building up the foundation for plant synthetic biology
Functional dynamics in the cell
Development of core technology platforms for understanding spatiotemporal multicellular interactions (Japanese only)
Establishing Technologies for Genome-scale DNA Synthesis and Functional Expression, and Creating Technology Seeds for Material Production and Medical Care
Construction of revolutional material development methods through fusion among experiments and theory/data science(Japanese only)


Biotechnology is an important, fundamental technical field that holds the key to Japan’s future competitiveness. Further development is required to achieve a society of health and longevity and construct a sustainable social system. In addition, the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its socioeconomic impact have heightened the necessity to develop measures required to reduce the threat of subsequent infectious diseases. For biotechnology to address these challenges, it is necessary to develop substances and materials with novel functions and develop technologies that measure and evaluate them to deepen our understanding of life phenomena and contribute to solving issues. From this perspective, it is indispensable to support and foster excellent young researchers who have original ideas and will lead the next generation.
This “Research Area”, under the keywords of “Life Phenomena” and “Materials”, promotes fundamental research and creates new values and challenges for young researchers in various fields. Specifically, the Research Area focuses on designing and creating new substances and materials related to “Life Phenomena” and research related to the elucidation, control, and application of these life phenomena, such as discovery, functional analysis, and utilization of biomolecules and microorganisms. Further, research on measurements and evaluations related to the interaction between substances/materials and living organisms is also included. In various fields, such as life sciences, chemistry, engineering, and physics, challenging concepts based on novel ideas are sought, with “Materials” as the cornerstone for investigations that can contribute to the medical/health and environmental fields and for research on substances and materials that can contribute to improving our knowledge on life phenomena.
In promoting research and emphasizing on researcher development, fostering investigators who promote advanced studies that contribute to the future, and fostering networking that would facilitate future collaborations are planned by providing an avenue for young scholars from different fields to interact and inspire one another.

Research Area Advisors

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Schedule of Selection Process

Deadline for application 2022/05/31 at 12:00 noon, Japan time
Document-based review 2022/07/14
JST will contact to the interviewees no later than 2022/07/21
Interview-based review(※)
※Interview date and time will be assigned by JST.

Research Supervisor's Policy

Research Supervisor's Policy of this Research Area can be downloaded from below.

How to apply

Please fill in the following application forms, and hand in via e-Rad. How to use e-Rad can be checked from here. Please note that Proposals only with the following application forms will be accepted.