Vol.7, January 1st, 1970


  • MoU with Kavli IPMU
  • Upcoming Event
  • Event Report
  • Person of the Week
  • Visitors

Person of the week

Gen Kurosawa



From the Office

The office of iTHES assistant, Ms.Chikako Oota is situated at the first floor of the main research building, room # 159. The extension number is 3185. She will be at the office from 10 a.m. to 16 p.m. except on Wednesday.

MoU with Kavli IPMU

MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) will be exchanged between "RIKEN iTHES Research Group" and "Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU), The Univ. of Tokyo". The purpose of this MoU is to make an extensive effort to promote "Interdisciplinary Theoretical Science" by the joint colloquiums, seminars and workshops and by the exchange of researchers between the two organizations.
The signing ceremony between RIKEN iTHES and Kavli IPMU is planned to be held on Dec.4 (Wed), 2013. Prof. Hitoshi Muyayama (Director of Kavli IPMU, http://db.ipmu.jp/member/personal/17en.html) and Prof. S. Sugimoto (http://db.ipmu.jp/member/personal/114en.html) will come to RIKEN to sign the MoU together with Maki Kawai (RIKEN Executive Director) and Tetsuo Hatsuda (RIKEN iTHES Director). Further details on "Kavli IPMU" can be seen in

Upcoming Event

Event Report

Person of the Week


Gen Kurosawa
iTHES Theoretical Science Colloquium

Hi. My name is Gen. I am a researcher at Theoretical Biology Laboratory, headed by Dr. Atsushi Mochizuki. I theoretically study a biological timing. Our daily rhythms are stable against various environmental changes, for which you can experience jet lag during your international trip. The rhythms are composed of genes and proteins. Remarkably, the period of the rhythms is roughly unchanged against the ambient temperature, even though most biochemical reactions speed up as temperature increases. Currently, I aim to find the design principles of that stability. During my graduate years, I theoretically studied the condition for the generation of oscillations, and I obtained PhD from Kyushu University in 2005. From 2005 to 2008, I was engaged in the experimental study as a post-doc at Waseda University and the University of Tokyo. Based on mathematical modeling, we challenged to synthetically generate sustained rhythms by combining known biochemical components that are not related to the rhythms. We succeeded in generating rhythms while they were not very reproducible. The experiments were not easy. But, the experiences of the experiments and communications with experimental biologists enormously inspired my ambition to derive testable predictions in biology as a theoretical scientist. As a member of iTHES, I am happy to be able to regularly communicate with distinguished theoretical scientists with various disciplines. I feel that the opportunity to talk to them (you) would broaden my horizon. Keep in touch.



Prof. Toichiro Kinoshita
(Cornell Univ.)
High precision test of quantum electrodynamics and the Standard Model
More about Prof. Kinoshita
Aug. 20th - Nov. 12th, 2013
room 431 (4th floor, main building)