Hideo Iwasaki

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b1971. Biologist and artist. Director of metaPhorest (biological art/ bioaesthetics platform), Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Bioscience, Waseda University. He is interested in the complicated relationship among scientific, philosophical, cultural, historical and aesthetic views of life. In 2007 he founded metaPhorest, an interdisciplinary art/science (bioaesthetics) platform, where both artists and biologists share space for science and art simultaneously. Hideo has studied cyanobacterial circadian clock and morphogenesis, and is a co-founder of the Japanese synthetic biology society (Japanese Society for Cell Synthesis Research).


Ph.D., Biology, Nagoya University, October 1999

      Supervisor: Takao Kondo

      Thesis title: “Identification and functional analyses of circadian clock proteins in cyanobacteria”

M.A., Bioinformatics, Nagoya University, March 1997

      Supervisor: Tetsuo Ueda, Advisors: Takao Kondo, Dr. Masahiro Ishiura

      Thesis title: “Genetic and biochemical dissection of cyanobacterial clock” 

B.S., Agronomy, Nagoya University, March 1995

      Supervisor: Toshinobu Yaginuma, Advisors: Teruyuki Niimi, Okitsugu Yamashita

      Thesis title: “Identification and analysis of cdc2 homologue in Bombyx mori


Positions Held

Professor, Waseda University, April 2012-present

PREST Researcher, JST, April 2007-March 2011

Associate Professor, Waseda University, April 2005-March 2012

Visiting Researcher, Biomimetic Control Center, RIKEN, April 2004-March 2008

Assistant Professor, Nagoya University, February 2000-March 2005

Postdoctral Fellow (JSPS), Nagoya University, October 1999-January 2000

Research Associate (JSPS, DC1), Nagoya University, April 1997-October 1999


Field of Interest

Biology: Chronobiology, Molecular biology, Cellular biology, Circadian rhythms, Morphogenesis, Microbiology;

Arts and Humanity studies: Bioart, Bioaesthetics, History and philosophy of biology, Ethical Legal Societal Issues of biological science and technology (ELSI), History of arts

Group Exhibitions

“Conservation and restoration of the art” The university art museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, 2018

“Kenpoku Art 2016” Ibaraki, Japan, 2016

“Project Genesis” Ars Electronica Center, 2013-2015

“Materialing Exhibition II” The university art museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, 2014

“Bioaesthetics Open Lab: metaPhorest” (Open Space 2013), NTT InterCommunication Center, 2013-2014

“Biomedia Art (bioart.jp)” AkibaTamabi, Tokyo, 2013

“SCANZ2013: 3rd Nature” Puke Ariki, 2013

“4th State of Water/ from Micro to Macro) Torun Contemporary Art Museum, Poland, 2012

“BioAesthetics” Waseda University, 2012

“Utsurobune: Taro Okamoto 100th Anniversary” Taro Okamoto Museum, 2011

“Tokyo Designers Week 2011” Tokyo, 2011

“Austria Light Art Biennial” Linz, 2010

“Holland Paper Biennial” Den Haag, 2010

“Habana Biennial” Habana, 2009

“Spiral Independent Creators Festival” Tokyo, 2009

“Make Tokyo Meeting” Tokyo, 2009

“Science Agora 2009” Miraikan, 2009

“Spiral Independent Creators Festival” Tokyo, 2008

“Media Select” Nagoya University, 2004

“Toyota Triennial” Toyota City Museum, 2004


Solo Exhibition

“Culturing <Paper>cut” Gallery Wünsch AirCube, Linz, 2013

“Metamorphorest: dialogue between paper and bacteria” Gallery Wünsch AirCube, Linz, 2010



Selected papers


  • 岩崎秀雄(2011)「バイオメディア・アート:生命と芸術の臨界面を巡って」『実験医学』,29 (7)増刊,1188-1196
  • 岩崎秀雄(2011)「複眼的バイオロジー・アートのススメ:科学者×アーティストのお仕事」『新鐘』77: 79-80


  • 岩崎秀雄(2010)「バイオメディア・アート 合成生物学の美学的可能性について」『科学』(岩波書店)7月号 pp.747-754


  • 久保田晃弘・岩崎秀雄(2009)『バイオメディア・アート』多摩美術大学論集24


  • Hideo Iwasaki (2009) “Biomaterial Art Project Combining Bioscience Research and Contemporary Art.”




  1. Nakajima et al. (2005) “Reconstitution of circadian oscillation of cyanobacterial KaiC phosphorylation in vitro” Science 308: 414-415
  2. Tomita et al. (2005) “No transcription-translation feedback in circadian rhythm of KaiC phosphorylation.” Science 307: 251-254
  3. Ito et al. (2009) “Cyanobacterial daily life with Kai-based circadian and diurnal genome-wide transcriptional control inSynechococcus elongatus” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA106:14168-14173
  4. Hosokawa et al. (2011) “Circadian transcriptional regulation by the posttranslational oscillator without de novo clock gene expression in Synechococcus” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, in press
  5. Asai et al. (2009) “Cyanobacterial cell lineage analysis of the spatiotemporal hetR expression profile during heterocyst pattern formation in Anabaena sp. PCC 7120” PLoS ONE, 4(10): e737