Institute for Early Metabolic Evolution is a private institute founded by Katsumi Matsuura, Professor Emeritus of Tokyo Metropolitan University, for the study of energetics, ecology, and evolution of Bacteria and Archaea with a special interest in electron transfers through carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, and iron in the chemosynthetic and photosynthetic microbial communities in Nakabusa hot springs. The purpose of the study is to elucidate the early evolution of those electron transfers and their interactions. A part of the study is conducted at the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) of Tokyo Institute of Technology, as a collaboration with Dr. Shawn E. McGlynn, and also a collaboration with Dr. Shigeru Kawai at Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC).

Location: Haneda 3-2-6, Ohta, Tokyo, 144-0043, Japan
Phone: +81 90 8172 8839
Reprisentative scientist and director: Katsumi Matsuura
Founded: May 2020


Travel grant from the Institute: Overseas travel grant up to 300,000JPY from and to Japan for 1 to 15 weeks is open for graduate students and young scientists in the field of bioenergetics and redox reactions of thermophilic microbes. See pdf or MS Word files for details and application (sorry in Japanese), or contact

代謝初期進化研究所 代表:松浦克美 東京都大田区羽田 3-2-6