Greetings from the representative of Research Program on Innovative Areas

The Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas entitled “Chromatin, Structure, Dynamics, and Function” started in 2013 and runs to March of 2017. The abbreviated title of our program is “Chromatin Dou-kouzou”, which is a newly coined word that means dynamically moving chromatin structure. As we know, chromatin moves inside the cell nucleus, and this movement affects its function. In this research program, we are placing an emphasis on chromatin movement, which we believe is the very essence of chromatin function.
 Historically, structural biology has made important contributions to the understanding of macromolecular structures. However, structural biology has not been powerful in observing the dynamics. In the recent years, dramatic progresses have been made in cellular biology and live cell imaging techniques, allowing the observation of biomacromolecules inside the cell. In our research program, we wish to combine disciplines that excel in observing the structure of chromatin, with those that excel in observing the dynamics of chromatin, and hope to promote many exciting collaborations.
 To make this possible, we hope that many researchers will participate, directly or indirectly, in our research program. We will be more than happy to hear about new techniques, new model organisms, or novel ideas or approaches to study chromatin structure and dynamics. Please feel free to contact any member of our research program.

Hitoshi Kurumizaka (Waseda University, Professor)

Originator Research member

Public research member