Nozomu Yachie, Ph.D.

Photo by Yasuhiro Naito

Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo
Synthetic Biology Division, RCAST
Department of Biological Sciences, School of Science
PEAK, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
GPES, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Project Associate Professor, Keio University
Graduate School of Media and Governance
Institute for Advanced Biosciences

Phone: +81-3-5452-5242 (x55242)


Yachie received bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees at Bioinformatics/Systems Biology Program, Keio University in 2005, 2007 and 2009 respectively under the supervision of Dr. Masaru Tomita. He then undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at Dr. Fritz Roth's lab at Harvard Medical School and moved with Dr. Roth to University of Toronto, where he received Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship from NSERC, Canada (Selection Year 2011-2012, ranked 8th place). Yachie has been appointed at the University of Tokyo starting July 2014. He has also been appointed at Keio University starting June 2014.

Yachie is also a recipient of JSPS fellowships DC1 (Selection Year 2006), PD (slid from DC1) and Research Abroad (Selection Year 2009) awarded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and a PRESTO Researchership awarded by Japan Science and Technology Agency (2014-2018). He is a husband and a father of two kids.

Combining technologies in Genetics, Synthetic Biology and Computational Biology, Yachie lab is developing new experiments and technologies to measure dynamics of molecules and cells and to unveil new biological phenomena (for details, see here).

Hobby: I would say science never sleeps but I sometimes enjoy IBM's Ponder This


October 2014-March 2018

PRESTO Researcher
Japan Science and Technology (JST)

April 2012-March 2014

Banting Fellowship
National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

April 2007-March 2012

JSPS Fellowships ('DC1', 'PD' and 'Research Abroad')
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)


July 2014-present

The University of Tokyo

Associate Professor
Synthetic Biology Division
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST)

Graduate School of Engineering
Department of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS)

(April 2015-present)
Graduate School of Science
Department of Biological Sciences

(April 2018-present)
PEAK Program, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
GPES Program, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

(January 2018-October 2019)
Laboratories for Systems Biology and Medicine

June 2014-present

Keio University

(April 2015-present)
Project Associate Professor
Graduate School of Media and Governance
Institute for Advanced Biosciences

(June 2014-March 2015)
Project Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Media and Governance
Institute for Advanced Biosciences

October 2014-March 2018

Japan Science and Technology

PRESTO Researcher

April 2010-June 2014

Harvard Medical School and University of Toronto

(December 2010-June 2014)
Postdoctoral Fellow (w/ Dr. Fritz Roth)
Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research
University of Toronto

(April 2010-November 2010)
Postdoctoral Fellow (w/ Dr. Fritz Roth)
Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Harvard Medical School

April 2009-March 2010

Keio University

Postdoctoral Fellow (w/ Dr. Masaru Tomita)
Institute for Advanced Biosciences


March 2009

Ph.D., Systems Biology Program, Keio University

March 2007

M.M.G., Bioinformatics Program, Keio University

March 2005

B.A., Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University

Other Positions

May, 2019-present

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

PRESTO Advisor

April, 2019-present


Scientific Advisor

November, 2017-present


Visiting Reseacher

March 2017-present

Science Council of Japan

Adjunct member
Young Academy of Japan

November 2015-present

Robotic Biology Institute, Inc.


July, 2014-March, 2019

Spiber, Inc.

(October, 2016-March, 2019)

(July, 2014-September, 2016)

March, 2018-March, 2019

New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

NEDO Committee Member

January, 2018-December, 2018

Robotic Biology Consortium


May, 2016-November, 2018present

NARA Institute of Science and Technology

Part-time Lecturer

July, 2016-June, 2018

United Japanese Researchers Around the World (UJA)

Board Member

October 2012-March 2016

Mie University

Part-time Lecturer
Department of Medicine

April 2006-March 2010

Keio University

(April 2009-March 2010)
Visiting Senior Researcher
Keio Research Institute at SFC

(April 2007-March 2009)
Part-time Lecturer
Department of Environmental Information

(April 2006-March 2009)
Research Assistant (TTCK Fellow)
Institute for Advanced Biosciences

Yachie's CV is here.