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The earthquake that struck northern Osaka on June 18

No faculty members, students and staff at IPR were injured by the earthquake that struck northern Osaka on Monday, June 18.

However, there was severe damage on facilities and equipment including NMR, microscopes, DNA sequencers, and FACS at some laboratories of IPR.

We would like to express our appreciation for messages of concern and warm words of encouragement, and ask for your continued support moving forward.


Prof. Mariko Okada was awarded the 2018 Commendations for Science and Technology by MEXT

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)announced the recipients of the 2018 Commendations for Science and Technology. From Osaka University, eight faculty member received awards, including Prof. Mariko Okada of Institute for Protein Research.

Prof. Okada was awarded the Prize for Science and Technology (Research Category).

Name of Achievement: Research on cellular mechanisms based on experiments and mathematical models


Website of Osaka Univ.



Click here for more datails on Prof. Okada’s research

Publication:“Phosphorylation of an intrinsically disordered region of Ets1 shifts a multi-modal interaction ensemble to an auto-inhibitory state”

On 4th January 2018, a paper has been published from Nucleic Acids Research (IF=10.162) by the research team of Dr. Kota Kasahara (Ritsumeikan University), Dr. Masaaki Shiina, Prof. Kazuhiro Ogata (Yokohama City University), Prof. Junichi Higo and Prof. Haruki Nakamura (IPR, Osaka University), revealing the regulation mechanism of the intrinsically disordered region of Ets1 transcription factor due to phosphorylation of Ser residues by molecular simulation and biochemical studies.


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Science Agora 2017 -in Tokyo-

IPR, together with PDBj, Hiroshima City Univ.Ritsumeikan Univ. and Kwansei Gakuin Univ. will hold a booth at Science Agora 2017 organized by Japan Science and Technology Agancy (JST).

  • November 24 (Friday), 2017 (13:30〜18:00)
  • November 25 (Saturday) – November 26 (Sunday) (10:00〜16:00)
Telecom Center Building, Odaiba Tokyo
5th floor Area D (innovating new knowledge by linking different fields), Booth No.65

“Shape” of proteins, which supporting the life

(The website linked from the title is displayed only in Japanese)
The aim of our exhibition is providing chances for various people to realize the diversity and importance of the “Shape” of proteins though experiences such as watching, feeling and constructing. We hope it helps them to deepen their understanding for biomolecules. The details of exhibition are as following:
  1. “Watching” by accessing PDBj database and browsing protein molecules with CG in sterically.
  2. “Feeling” by touching the molecule models made with a 3D printer
  3. “Constructing” by making molecules with paper crafts
We also introduce the methods and facilities such as synchrotrons and high resolution electron microscopes (Nobel Prize of this year was awarded for it!) to solve molecule shapes.