We use protein engineering to invent new tools for imaging dynamic biochemical events in live cells and tissues. We distribute these tools to cell biologists and neuroscientists who apply them to address questions ranging from fundamental mechanisms in cell biology, to the underlying causes of mental illness, to the development of novel therapeutics.




The molecules that make our work possible are colourful naturally occurring fluorescent proteins from jellyfish, coral, and other marine organisms. Starting from the gene for a fluorescent protein, we use the techniques of molecular biology, protein engineering, and artificial molecular evolution to create useful research tools. Since these tools are protein based, the instructions to make them can be easily introduced into cells, tissues, or even transgenic model organisms, in the form of DNA.


News / ニュース

Some members obtained degrees!

Congratulations, Youngjae, for a Bachelor’s, and Michael and Amanda, for their Master’s degree!



Kenwa received the poster prize in a summer school

Kenwa received the poster prize from the Devision of Biofunctional Chemistary, The Chemical Society of Japan for his excellent poster presentation in a summer school. Congratulations!!!


Two internship students visited our lab!

We welcomed two internship students (Jiayu and Minyi) from UC Berkeley. Hope you two enjoyed your stay!


New members join our lab

Two undergraduate students (Youngjae and Kenryo), and a special research student (Junran) join our lab from February to April.


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