We are developing and improving the structural biology research environment
using the high-brilliance synchrotron radiation at SPring-8.

Division Information


Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute
Structural Biology Division

Name   e-mail * PHS
Takashi KUMASAKA Director  kumasaka 3475
Experimental Instrumentation Team
Kazuya HASEGAWA Team Leader  kazuya 3595
Seiki BABA Scientist  baba 3510
Nobuhiro MIZUNO Scientist  nmizuno 3797
Hideo OKUMURA Scientist  okumurah 3755
Naomine YANO Scientist  naomine.yano 3444
Hironori MURAKAMI Engineer hiromura 3364
Takuya MASUNAGA Engineer takuya.masunaga 3228
Integrated Structural Analysis Team
Naoki SAKAI Team Leader  nsakai 3838
Hideki SHIGEMATSU Scientist  shigematsu 7868
Takashi KAWAMURA Scientist  kawamura 3396
Yuki NAKAMURA Engineer y-nakamu 3362
Fumie OGURA Engineer fumie 7846
Kenichi NISHIKAWA Staff(concurrent)  nishiken 3356
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Activities description

The Structural Biology Division is mainly responsible for the development and maintenance of the research environment for structural biology using the high-brilliance synchrotron radiation at SPring-8. Our Division also develops the advanced research environment to promote structural biology research aimed at elucidating biological systems.
We support academic research by maintaining and upgrading the public beamlines, Structural Biology I (BL41XU: Undulator) and Structural Biology III (BL45XU: Undulator).
In addition, in order to meet the increasing needs of users and to promote the use of the beamline, we are upgrading the following items,
(1) Development of methods to automate and remotely use experiments to speed up structural decisions
(2) Development of instruments aimed at application to samples that are difficult to analyze in the past (e.g., microcrystals and ultra-high resolution structure determination)
In addition, we are conducting crystal structure analysis of proteins, metalloproteins, and viruses in the cellular signaling system as a group to advance structural biology research and develop advanced analysis methods.


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