National Institute of Genetics 国立遺伝学研究所 木村暁研究室

The cell is a highly organized architecture that, inside the cell, organelles and the cell division plane are positioned in the right place at the right time. Our group is searching for design principles in spatial organization of cell architecture, and analyzing mechanical bases underlying the principles. We are using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans embryo as a model system. In addition to molecular biology approaches, we use computational approaches such as image processing, quantitative measurement, and computer simulation.


October 5
NIG is recuiting an assistant professor at Cell Architecture Laboratory (our lab). The application deadline is Dec 21, 2017.
April 14-15
Akatsuki gave a talk at International Workshio on Quantitative Biology 2017, held at Keio University (Yokohama, Japan)
April 11
Dr. Yuki Hara (Yamaguchi Univeristy, a former member of the lab) was awarded the Young Scientists’ Prize of the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Congratulations!

The Hara Laboratory (Yamaguchi Univ.) website

March 24
Kazunori obtain Ph.D. and graduated from the Department of Genetics, SOKENDAI. Congratulations!
March 14
Kazunori received Morishima Award from the Department of Genetics, SOKENDAI, to honor his outstanding performances during PhD studies. Congratulations!
March 13
Our paper on the mechanism of emergence and reversal of cytoplasmic streaming in C. elegans has been published. The project was led by Dr. Kenji Kimura, and was a collaboration with Dr. Uchida's group at Kyushu Univ, Dr. Joanny's group at Institut Curie (France), Dr. Shimamoto's group at NIG and Dr. Hufnagel at EMBL (Germany).

  • Akatsuki (Aki) KIMURA
  • Kenji KIMURA
  • Yohei KIKUCHI
  • Kazunori YAMAMOTO
  • Kazuko OISHI
  • Tomoko OZAWA