||People in the Institute and Their Research Activities
List of Faculty|
Section of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Moritaka NISHIHIRA, Professor, D.Sc. email@example.com
Community ecology. Mainly community structure and biodiversity of
tropical shallow water ecosystems, especially coral reefs and
mangrove swamps. Multi-species coexistence and symbiosis in marine
- Satoshi CHIBA , Associate Professor, D.Sc.
Studies on the origin vs. the maintenance of biodiversity, the
origin of new species and their ecological interactions,
population genetics of Mollusca and Arthropod species using mtDNA
and other genetic markers.
- Takao SUZUKI, Research Associate, D.Sc.
Animal ecology. In particular, community structure and
biodiversity of benthic invertebrate animals living in tidal
flats, mangrove swamps and sea grass beds.
- Hiroshi OTA, Research Associate, D.Sc. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ecology. Herpetology: Population ecology and Life history strategy
of Caudata. Nitrogen-fixation: Interaction among soil bacteria in
- Tadaki HIROSE, Professor, D.Sc. email@example.com
HIKOSAKA, Associate Professor, D.Sc. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Yuko HARADA, Research Associate, D.Sc. email@example.com
Physiological ecology. Analyses of plant growth, biomass
allocation and photosynthesis to find traits for ecological
success in changing environments. On-going research works:
competition and coexistence in plant communities; resource use in
growth and reproduction; species difference in photosynthetic
properties; plant response to global change.
SAKAI, Associate Professor, D.Sc. firstname.lastname@example.org
Evolutionary ecology. Theoretical and experimental analyses on the
evolution of reproductive strategies in plants.
- Masakado KAWATA, Professor, D.Agr. email@example.com
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Experimental and theoretical
studies on the relationships between complex individual
interactions and global patterns such as population and community
- Masayuki MAKI, Associate Professor, D.Sc.
Plant evolutionary biology. Population genetical and molecular
phylogenetical analysis of plant species plant species
- Jun YOKOYAMA, Research Associate, M.Sc.
Plant systematics. Coevolution between plants and insects,
especially figs (Ficus) and fig-wasps (Agaonidae); Molecular
systematics of vascular plants.
Section of Molecular Cell Biology
- Kensaku MIZUNO, Professor, D.Sc. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kazumasa OHASHI , Associate Professor, D.Sc.
Molecular cell biology. Signal transduction mechanisms which
induce actin cytoskeletal reorganization. Roles of protein kinases
in cell growth, differentiation and motility. Molecular mechanisms
of neurite outgrowth and retraction. Physiological functions of
growth factors and receptor tyrosine kinases. Roles of protein
kinases in spermatogenesis. Molecular mechanisms of tumor invasion
- Takashi TAKAGI, Professor, D.Sc. email@example.com
Comparative biochemistry. Molecular evolution of oxygen carrier
proteins. Regulation of muscle contraction and cell movement.
Biological defense and recognition.
- Kazuhiko NISHITANI, Professor, D.Sc. firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant Physiology. Our research is aimed at elucidating molecular
mechanism controlling plant growth and morphogenesis as regulated
by plant hormones. Using Arabidopsis, azuki bean and suspension
cultured cells of tobacco as the plant materials, we have isolated
novel genes and proteins that are involved in the wall
construction, the process that plays crucial roles in regulation
of morphogenesis in plants. Currently we focus our attention on
the regulatory system responsible for these gene expressions.
- Kimiharu ISHIZAWA, Associate Professor, D.Sc.
Plant physiology. Regulatory mechanisms of plant growth and
development by plant hormones, especially ethylene. Adaptation of
aquatic plants to anaerobic conditions.
- Ryuusuke YOKOYAMA, Research Associate, D.Sc.
Plant physiology. Molecular genetic approach to study synthesis,
structure and function of the plant cell wall.
- Hiroyuki IDE, Professor, D.Sc. email@example.com
- Koji TAMURA, Associate Professor, D.Sc.
Developmental biology. Analyses with chick and Xenopus limb bud to
comprehend the mechanisms of limb development and regeneration
with particular reference to roles of several molecules; growth
factors and cell adhesion molecules in cartilage pattern
formation, function of retinoic acid and molecular mechanisms of
cell growth and mesoderm-ectoderm interaction.
- Hiroaki YAMAMOTO, Associate Professor, D.Sc.
Developmental genetics. Phylogenetic analysis of development,
particularly that of melanin-producing pigment cells, to
understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the evolution of
these cells in vertebrates.
- Kazuo YAMAMOTO, Professor, M.D. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tatsuo NUNOSHIBA, Associate Professor, M.D.
Molecular Genetics. Our laboratory is interested in mechanisms
used by organisms to repair damage to their DNA. Of particular
interest is the damages induced by UV radiation as well as active
oxygen species. We have cloned specific genes coded for repairing
these damages from E. coli, S. pombe and A. thaliana. The roles of
these gene products for repair and mutagenesis are under
- Tsuyoshi WATANABE, Professor, D.Sc. email@example.com
Cell biology. Cell recognition and cell contact during conjugation
in Paramecium, and nuclear dualism in ciliates.
- Gen-ichi TAJIMA, Research Associate, D.Sc.
Animal physiology. Protein biochemistry. Current works: Molecular
mechanisms of hydrogen peroxide elimination in reaction with
myoglobin; Molecular architecture of sarcoplasmic reticulum
- Chusuke SATO, Research Associate, M.Sc.
Physiological chemistry. Spectroscopic analysis of biological
membrane structure during excitation by using dyes.
- Ichiro SHIMADA, Professor, D.Sc. firstname.lastname@example.org
Neuroethology. In particular, molecular physiology of taste and
mechanism of feeding behavior in insects.
- Masayuki KOGANEZAWA (Research Assistant)
Neurobiology. Physiological analysis of transduction mechanism in
insect taste receptor cell. Molecular cloning of taste related
Section of Molecular Bioregulation
- Yasuo MAEDA, Professor, D.Sc. email@example.com
- Aiko AMAGAI, Research Associate, D.Sc. firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell and developmental biology. Analyses of growth/differentiation
transition, cell-cycle dependent cell differentiation/pattern
formation and zygote formation in sexual development, using
Dictyostelium cells. On-going research works: Molecular and
structural mechanisms of cell-type differentiation and pattern
formation in a cell-cycle dependent manner; Molecular basis of
starvation response; Regulatory mechanisms of zygote formation
with special emphasis on ethylene action.
- Jun NAKAMURA, Associate Professor, D.Sc.
Are the conformational variants of the chemically equivalent
Ca2+-ATPase molecules a model for other protein?:
Calcium transport by the ATPase molecules and variation of the
Marine Biology Station(Asamushi)
- Hideki KATOW, Professor, D.Sc. email@example.com
Developmental biology. Molecular mechanism of morphogenesis in
echinoderm embryogenesis. Gene expression of an extracellular cell
adhesion protein and its receptor. Biochemical properties of these
- Kazuo INABA, Associate Professor, D. Sc.
Molecular Cell Biology. Molecular mechanism of sperm motility;
Regulation of sperm motility; Comparative biochemistry and
physiology of eukaryotic cilia and flagella.
- Keiichiro KYOZUKA, Associate Professor, D.Sc.
Developmental biology. In particular, molecular and ionic
mechanisms of oocyte maturation and fertilization in marine
- Satoshi TAKEDA, Research Associate, D.Sc.
Marine biology. Behavioral ecology of littoral and sublittoral
invertebrates, especially behavioral adaptations of
semiterrestrial crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda) to the
- Ritsu KURAISHI, Research Associate, D.Sc.
Developmental biology. Mechanisms responsible for establishment
and maintenance of larval body plan in marine invertebrates.
- Mitsuo SUZUKI, Professor, D. Agr. firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant anatomy and phylogeny. Living plants: comparative wood
anatomy, wood formation, comparative anatomy of vascular tissues.
Fossil plants: origin and early diversification of dicotyledons in
Cretaceous, Tertiary fossil wood floras, differentiation of boreal
conifers since the glacial ages.
- Toshihiko NAITOH, Research Associate, D.Sc.
Plant Ecology and Environmental Biology. Research of Vegetation,
Plant growth, dispersion of seed, behavior of mammal and
conservation and protection terrestrial ecosystem.
Mt Hakkoda Botanical Laboratory
- Koji YONEKURA, Research Associate, D.Sc.
Vascular plant taxonomy, nomenclature and geobotany. Systematic
studies of the genus Bistorta (Polygonaceae). Floristic and
Phytogeographical studies of the plants growing on the Hakkoda
Mountains, Northernmost Honshu, Japan.
KIKUCHI, Professor, D.Sc. email@example.com
Estuarine ecology. The structure and function of benthic
communities; Nutrient and organic cyclings in the Nanakita-river
estuary; Restoration and preservation of tidal flat ecosystem.
SHIKANO, Associate Professor, D.Sc. firstname.lastname@example.org
Microbial ecology. Species and genetic diversity in bacterial
communities, through analysis of small subunit rRNA gene sequences
in relation to their environments.