[Quantum Bio] Creation of Life Science Basis by Using Quantum Technology

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Innovation of Bio-Sensing, Elucidation of Dynamics and Interactions between Biomolecules by Using Quantum Technology

Research Supervisor


Mitsutoshi Setou (Director of the Center, International Mass Imaging Center)


 The aim of this research area is to apply the knowledge of quantum science and its technologies to biomolecule measurements through the collaboration between quantum science and life science researchers. In recent years, quantum technologies including quantum beams, quantum spin, light quantum sensors and quantum electronic, etc. has progressed markedly based on quantum science. These technologies have also realized quantum computing and time crystals. Japan has cutting-edge quantum technologies, or in a sense, seeds technologies capable of leading the research field in the world. These technologies are expected to advance the development of new biotechnologies for detecting dynamics and interactions of biomolecules, as well as the discovery of quantum phenomena in biological phenomena. At present, however, the application of quantum technologies to life sciences has not so progressed. The program of this research area will encourage applying quantum technologies to biotechnologies to develop new life sciences dramatically.

Research Area Advisors

・Kenichi Ishikawa
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

・Takashi Inoue
Manager, Central Research Laboratory, Hamamatsu Photonics K. K.

・Yasushi Okada
Team Leader, Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, RIKEN

・Takeaki Ozawa
Professor, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo

・Kazuya Kikuchi
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University

・Keiji Sasaki
Professor, Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University

・Yoshihiro Shiroishi
Technology Advisor, Research and Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd

・Shigeki Takeuchi
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University

・Shigenori Tanaka
Professor, Graduate School of System Informatics, Kobe University

・Yoshie Harada
Professor, Institute for Protein Research, Osaka University

・Toshio Hirano
President, National Insutitutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology

・Kunio Miki
Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University

・Norikazu Mizuochi
Professor, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University

・Atsushi Miyawaki
RIKEN Center for Brain Science/Advanced Photonics

Research Projects

  1. Year Started : 2017
  2. Year Started : 2018
  3. Year Started : 2019

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