筑波大学下田臨海実験センターUniversity of Tsukuba

Ocean is the source of life and has given rise to biodiversity. To understand our planet and human beings, knowledge about marine organisms are essential. The 21st century is the era of life and environmental sciences. Shimoda Marine Research Center (SMRC), the center for the research and education of marine biology in University of Tsukuba, aims to explore the basic principles of life and interactions among organisms through education and research using both basic and advanced technologies on marine organisms.
Center News
July 19th, 2017
Research group of assistant Prof. Takeo Horie, in collaboration with research group at Princeton University, Tsinghua University, and Zhejiang University, proposed a conserved developmental mechanism of mechanosensory neurons across bilaterians.
⇒"A Conserved Gene Regulatory Module Specifies Lateral Neural Borders Across Bilaterians"  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America doi/10.1073/pnas.1704194114
July 10th, 2017
GOSRThe Global Ocean Science Report (GOSR) has been published from UNESCO-IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission), providing information on the science capacity in the world and addressing the global challenges towards the attainment of SDG Target 14. Director and Professor Kazuo Inaba has contributed to GOSR as an author and a member of Editorial Board.
May 1st, 2017
Journal of Plant ResearchAssistant Prof. Kogiku Shiba and Prof. Kazuo Inaba revealed an inverse relationship of a regulatory mechanism in flagellar motility between animal and plant. They analyzed the flagellar Ca2+-response of sperm flagella of the sea urchin Anthocidaris crassispinathe and prasinophyte Pterosperma cristatum. Their results support the idea previously proposed that the difference in flagellar response to Ca2+ attributes to the evolutional innovation of calcium sensors of outer arm dynein in opisthokont or bikont lineage.
⇒"Inverse relationship of Ca2+-dependent flagellar response between animal sperm and prasinophyte algae" Journal of Plant Research
March 24th, 2017
Uchu Yamakawa, an undergraduate student at the Center, was awarded the School of Life and Environmental Sciences Provost’s Award for his outstanding achievements during his undergraduate research.
⇒ School of Life and Environmental Sciences web site
⇒ Kon lab where he conducted his research
February 24th, 2017
Kogiku Shiba (Assistant Professor) was awarded the "Yasui Kono" Award for Women Scientists from Ochanomizu University for her works on `The mechanism of flagellar and ciliary movement'. Yasui Kono (1880-1971) was a Japanese biologist and the first Japanese woman to receive a doctoral degree in science.
⇒ Universty of Tsukuba news article (in Japanese)
February 22nd, 2017
An article describing our ongoing Ocean Acidification Project at SMRC Shikine-Island Marine Station appeared on Japan Times and Japan Today.
Japan Times 「Team investigates effects of acidification on marine ecosystem
February 3rd, 2017
16 staff and students participated in the Basic Lifesaving Course held at the Shimoda Fire Department.


February 3rd, 2017
Tsunami Emergency Drill was carried out at the Center. All participants were able to evacuate to the designated meeting point, situated 39 meters above sea level, within 5 minutes of the tsunami warning.
December 21st, 2016
Research group of professor Yasunori Sasakura, in collaboration with research groups at University of Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hiroshima University and Kochi University, proposed a new hypothesis about the evolutionary process of how the ascidian cellulose synthase became to be specifically expressed in the epidermis.
⇒"Transcriptional regulation of a horizontally transferred gene from bacterium to chordate" Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
⇒ Universty of Tsukuba news article (in Japanese)

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