In this laboratory, we use a "microchip" that is a glass substrate with extremely small channels as thin as a hair or a mosquito needle fabricated by semiconductor process. By exploiting this ultra small space, we are developing technologies to handle single cell or single molecule individually which has been difficult up to now, and then contribute to biological or medical field. Our research includes not only chemical and biochemical but also mechanics and material engineering factors. So, that is very rich in variety.

If you are interested in our research, please visit and see our laboratory. If you are thinking about collaborations, we are welcome so please contact us. If you are students or researchers and want to join our laboratory, please freely consult with us.


  • 2015.1.6
    A paper on a cell-free protein-synthesis system on a glass microchip was accepted in Analytical Sciences.
  • 2014.12.16
    A paper on a micropump by differentiating iPS cells was accepted in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical.
  • 2014.12.9
    A paper on simple on-chip valves using PDMS was accepted in RSC Advances.
  • 2014.10.22
    Research Scientist Takayuki Kawai will give an invited lecture (keynote) in Sample Treatment 2014 held in Lisbon, Portugal on December 8-10.
  • 2014.5.20
    A paper on all glass on chip pump was accepted in Micromachines.
  • 2014.5.9
    Unit Leader Yo Tanaka and Research Scientist Takayuki Kawai will give invited lectures in EMN Summer Meeting held in Cancun, Mexico on June 9-12.
  • 2014.5.7
    Dr. Takayuki Kawai joined as Research Scientist.
  • 2014.4.1
    Unit Leader Yo Tanaka will give an invited lecture in AnalytiX 2014 (international conference of analytical chemistry) held in Dalian, China on April 27.
  • 2014.4.1
    Mr. Shunichi Funano joined as Research Associate.
  • 2014.4.1
    Ms. Ayaka Tsujii changed the type of job from Assistant (part timer) to Technical Staff (full-time employment).
  • 2014.4.1
    Dr. Hiroyuki Moriguchi moved as a teacher in Kyoto City high school.
    He is registered at our unit as Visiting Scientist.
  • 2013.07.12
    A study on electroactive polymer valves was published on RIKEN RESEARCH.                                                                
  • 2013.07.04
    A study on totally glass based on chip valves was published on RIKEN RESEARCH.                                                                
  • 2013.04.10
    A paper on all glass on chip valve was accepted in RSC Advances.
  • 2013.04.01
    A paper on electroactive polymer valve on chip with Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    and the University of Tokyo was accepted in Sensors and Actuators B:Chemical.
  • 2012.09.21
          ↓↓↓   ☆ NEWS ☆   ↓↓↓
    [RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center Inagural Symposium] "Towards Whole-Cell Modeling"  will be held.
       November 5-7, 2012
       Kobe International Conference Center, Kobe, Japan
  • 2012.08.07
    Unit's homepage opened.
  • 2012.07.24
    Our research was reported in newspapers.
  • 2012.04.20
    Ms. Ayaka Tsujii joined as Assistant.
  • 2012.04.01
    Dr. Hiroyuki Moriguchi joined as Researcher.
  • 2011.09.01
    Laboratory for Integrated Biodevice started.

Laboratory for Integrated Biodevice Unit

Quantitative Biology Center , RIKEN

Minatojima-minamimachi 2-2-3
Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan 650-0047
Building C, Room N406

TEL: +81-78-306-3357 Ext.(95-)4419
FAX: +81-78-306-3194 Ext.(95-)3194



Unit Leader

 Yo Tanaka

Invited Associate Professor (Additional),
Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences,Osaka University

Research Scientist

 Takayuki Kawai 

JST PRESTO Researcher (Additional),
JST - Strategic Basic Research Programs - PRESTO

Research Associate
 Shunichi Funano 
Visiting Scientist
 Hiroyuki Moriguchi
Technical Staff
 Ayaka Tsujii
Student Trainee
 Yohei Nishizawa

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