About CDB


The Center’s research is focused on gaining insights into how the body forms in order to contribute to the advancement of regenerative medicine and the understanding of disease.

The formation of multicellular systems through developmental processes is a fundamental question in the life sciences. The newly reorganized Center for Developmental Biology will continue to focus on basic scientific studies following molecular and cell biology approaches to development and regeneration, by research teams in four complementary programs focused on cellular environment and response, organogenesis, stem cells and organ regeneration, and mathematical developmental biology. Using the results from studies by these groups, scientists at the CDB will also seek to gain a better understanding of the pathogenesis of human diseases, and to contribute to the development of new medical technologies based on the manipulation of human cells and tissues, as exemplified by the clinical study in retinal regeneration currently underway. Labs at the CDB will work in close collaboration with other RIKEN research centers, including the nearby Center for Life Science Technologies (CLST) and Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC), as well as the RIKEN-wide Chief Scientists program. The cultivation of young scientists remains a core mission for the CDB and we will work to build even closer ties both within RIKEN and with universities and other academic institutions to further this cause. We will also strive to realize benefits to society by working closely with the city of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture and the private sector.