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Department of Quantitative and Imaging Biology (QIB)


The purpose and activities of the Department of Quantitative and Imaging Biology (QIB)

Princeton University in the USA and National Institutes of Natural Sciences have pursed collaboration and cooperation program in various research fields under a comprehensive agreement between two institutes. In particular, the collaboration and cooperation in the life science filed has been promoted since around 2016, and National Institute for Basic Biology conducted the collaboration research of the developmental biology with Princeton University through the "NINS Strategic International Research Exchange Promotion Program".​ ​

Princeton University leads the life science research field, and the Department of Molecular Biology at the university plays a central role for it. The Lewis-Sigler Institute that is established around 2014 has been promoting cutting-edge research in the quantitative biology filed. Professor Michael Levine and other institute members are incorporating new mathematical analysis methods into genomics and imaging methods.

With this in mind, adding the advantage at Princeton University in quantitative biology to the existing collaboration and cooperation in the life sciences between the two institute, we have jointly set strategic goals for the next generation of quantitative and imaging biology, Toward this end, as of April 1, 2019, we established the Division of Quantitative and Imaging Biology at the IRCC (IRCC-QIB) to conduct international collaborative research with Princeton University under the agreement. In the collaboration and cooperation activity at the IRCC-QIB, researchers not only from the National Institute for Basic Biology, but also from the National Institute of Physiological Science and the Institute of Molecular Sciences have jointed.

Activity list

(1) Set scientific strategic goals for next-generation quantitative and imaging biology, and based on these, international collaboration of life sciences between Princeton University and National Institutes of Natural Sciences through systematic collaboration.​ ​

Research Subject

Collaborative research on life science using quantitative biological methods (cellular / developmental biology, brain imaging, etc.)

Development of new methods for quantitative and imaging biology and joint research for that purpose (single-molecule imaging, etc.)

(2) Organization of IRCC-QIB workshop

(3) Implementation of personnel exchanges

Department of Quantitative and Imaging Biology (QIB)

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Department Director

Project Professor

Naoto Ueno National Institute for Basic Biology
Professor Kazuhiro Aoki National Institute for Basic Biology
Professor Hiromasa Takemura National Institute for Physiological Sciences
Professor Ryota Iino Institute for Molecular Science
Visiting Professor Michael Levine Princeton University
Visiting Professor Ileana Cristea Princeton University
Visiting Professor Haw Yang Princeton University
Visiting Assistant Professor Jared Toettcher  Princeton University
Visiting Associate Professor Takashi Fukaya The University of Tokyo
Specially Appointed Research Employee Rosie Graham Princeton University
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Specially Appointed Research Employee  Sayuki Hirano Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


The 3rd NINS-Princeton Joint Symposium "Emerging Life Sciences"

Meeting Report The third NINS-Princeton joint Symposium 'Emerging Lifesciences' (July 15, 2023)

Dr. Graham was appointed as a QIB fellow.

Collaboration paper published in Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (August 10, 2021)

Collaboration paper published in Annual Reviews of Biomedical Engineering (July 13, 2021)

IRCC-QIB seminar (October_6,2020)

Collaborative paper published in Cell Reports (March 17, 2020)

Two postdoctoral research fellows join IRCC-QIB (January 24, 2020 and July 16, 2020)

Dr. Heath E. Johnson from Princeton University give a seminar at NIBB (November 28, 2019)

The 2nd NIBB - Princeton Symposium "Imaging and Quantitative Biology" was held at NIBB (October 28-30, 2019)

The first IRCC-QIB seminar held at NIBB(July 17, 2019)

Visit to Princeton University regarding future collaborations (June 4-5, 2019)

Collaborative paper published in Cell Systems (April 1, 2019)

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