Chemical Biology - Uesugi Laboratory, Kyoto University

Chemical Biology Chemical-Intiated Biology

Chemical biology is an interdisciplinary field of study that is often defined as "chemistry-initiated biology." As biological processes all stem from chemical events, it should be possible to understand or manipulate biological events by using chemistry. Our laboratory has been discovering or designing unique organic molecules that modulate fundamental processes in human cells. Such synthetic organic molecules often serve as tools for basic cell biology. Discovery or design of small molecules with unique biological activity permits small-molecule initiated exploration of complex cellular events. Our mission is to create new world of bioactive synthetic molecules: their new way to use, their new shapes, and their new sizes. We hope to open new avenues for small-molecule applications in a range of fields, including future concepts in drug discovery and use of small molecules for cell therapy.

Motonari Uesugi
Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences/
Chemical Biology Laboratory Institute for Chemical Research,Kyoto University


For Prospective Students/Postdocs

Highly qualified international students and postdocs are wanted! If you are interested in joining our research group, please email Dr. Uesugi. English or Japanese communication skills are needed. The official language in our laboratory and institute (iCeMS) is English. Japanese language skills are not required.

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Dr. Motonari Uesugi (Professor) has received the 49th Ichimura Prize in Science for Distinguished Achievement.

What an honor!

Ms. Risa Asano (D3) has won the Outstanding Student Presentation Award (Oral Presentation) at the 137th Annual Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan.

Well done!

A big congratulations to Dr. Yousuke Katsuda (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) for winning the Best Presentation Award at the 10th Symposium on Biorelevant Chemistry, CJS.


Dr. Junko Ohkanda (Associate Professor) has won the 21st Incentive Award of the Society of Japanese Women Scientists .


Mr. Junichiro Takaya (D4) won the International Student Poster Competition Award at Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem 2015).


Dr. Mizuki Watanabe (Assistant Professor) was awarded the Molecular BioSystems Poster Prize at the 10th Annual Meeting of Japanese Society for Chemical Biology.


Mr. Junichiro Takaya (D4) won the Outstanding Presentation Award at the 7th Young Researchers Workshop, Chemical Biology of Natural Products: Target ID and Regulation of Bioactivity.

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