About UsRIKEN's history, BDR's vision
RIKEN was established in 1917, and is the largest and most comprehensive research institution for applied and basic research in Japan. The Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) is the largest research center under RIKEN, with 71 laboratories and two collaboration centers situated at the RIKEN campuses in Kobe, Osaka and Yokohama, as well as a site in Hiroshima. BDR was established in 2018 through the merger of three former life science research centers within RIKEN—Center for Developmental Biology, Quantitative Biology Center, and Center for Life Science Technologies. Now, by leveraging molecular biology- and computer science-inspired interdisciplinary science and the access to state-of-the-art facilities at hand, the RIKEN BDR is pursuing the answers to development and aging processes—life's biggest mysteries—and addressing issues facing society through our science.
Researchers at the BDR strive to clarify the biological events unfolding in the body during all stages of the life cycle including development, growth, aging, and death to gain a comprehensive understanding of the biological functions regulating living systems, and apply these findings to develop and advance medicine and diagnostics.
Message from the Director
Humans and other organisms with a lifespan experience the lifecycle stages of birth, growth, reproduction, aging and finally death. To comprehend what it means to be healthy or to age, it is important to know precisely what processes are taking place inside the body from birth to death.
Meet our director, deputy directors, and other members involved in the management of BDR.
An overview of the history of the BDR.