What's RIMD?

Research Institute for Microbial Diseases (RIMD), Osaka University is a world's foremost institute for basic biological researches including microbiology, immunology and oncology.


Division of Infectious Disease

To explore the pathogenesis of microbes
The researchers try to elucidate the pathogenesis of infectious diseases caused by microbes such as viruses, bacteria and parasites.

Division of Host Defense

Exploring the mechanisms to protect against microbes
The researchers try to elucidate the mechanisms of our immune systems to protect our body against pathogenic microbes.

Division of Cellular and Molecular Biology

To explore regulatory mechanisms in cancer cells.
The researchers are studying our cellular mechanism such as cell signaling pathways, metastasis and aging, and try to elucidate how cancer develops and progresses in our body.

Bioinformatics Center

To understand our body system from genetic information
The researchers are studying genome of organisms to understand our body system. They also provide technics and know-hows for genome research to support researchers.

Research Center for Infectious Disease Control
International Research Center for Infectious Diseases

To overcome infectious diseases
The researchers are studying pathogens that cause infectious diseases and try to develop new therapeutic approaches to infectious diseases.

Thailand-Japan Research Collaboration Center on Emerging and Re-emerging Infections (RCC-ERI)

Overseas research hubs for Infectious Diseases
To develop new technologies for infectious studies for the local pathogens and promote basic research to contribute for disease prevention and treatment.


Feature01 Stands at the forefront of basic biosciences

RIMD has become internationally recognized for its researches in microbiology, immunology and cancer. The RIMD of today is the result of the hard work and amazing achievements of many researchers over the years since established in 1934. Researchers are listed as Highly Cited Researches by the Thomson Reuters every year.

RIMD History

Feature02 MEXT Joint Usage / Research Center

Feature02 MEXT Joint Usage / Research Center

RIMD was certified as a “Joint Usage/Research Center” by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan (MEXT) in 2010. The “Joint Usage/Research Center” is a sharing system first organized by MEXT in 2008 and which allows Japanese researchers to use facilities, equipment, and databases at inter-university research institutes.
The aims of RIMD as “Joint Usage/Research Center” are to promote research and develop human resources in the fields of immunology, bacteriology, and oncology.


Feature03 The favorable environment for the frontiers of biosciences

RIMD has specialized facilities to study microbiology, immunology and oncology equipped with BSL2 and 3 laboratories including Animal Resource Center for Infectious Diseases and Central Laboratory for Biological Hazardous Microbes. Genome Information Center is for genome research with Next Generation Sequencers and support researchers to analyze genomes of organisms. RIMD conducts world-class researches and foster the talented human resources in biosciences.

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Feature04 Collaboration with BIKEN foundation

The BIKEN foundation develops vaccines, thereby to translating the research achievements in of RIMD to the whole of society. In addition, the foundation is dedicated to promoting basic researches by the Taniguchi Memorial Scholarship program and the BIKEN Center for Innovative Vaccine Research Alliance laboratories.



  • Empeloyees 198
  • Grad. Students 87
  • Laboratories 33
  • Founded in 1934
  • Finance ¥1618,290,000
  • Research Articles in 2015 213
  • Top 10 articles(※)in Biology and Biochemistry 15.15%(Domestic average 6.57%, Global average 9.67%)
  • Top 10 articles(※)in Immunology 22.16%(Domestic average 9.39%, Global average 9.03%)

※Generated from Thomson-Reuters data.


The RIMD have performed outstanding researches in the fields of biology including microbiology,immunology, oncology and genome sciences. We also contribute extensively to the growth of basic sciences in Japan through advanced research and the development of human resources.
RIMD is always exploring breakthrough in biological sciences.