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
June 14th, 2018
Dr. Richard Hill reported acid secretion by the boring organ of the burrowing giant clam, Tridacna crocea. Prof. Kazuo Inaba at SMRC contributed to this research.
⇒ Acid secretion by the boring organ of the burrowing giant clam, Tridacna crocea  
⇒ Scripps Institution of Oceanography
⇒ The New York Times
April 23th, 2018
Coral Reef Conservation: Promoting Awareness through Effective Communication.
Meeting venue: Bunkyo School Building, Tokyo Campus, University of Tsukuba
Meeting Date: May 15th, 2018 13:00〜16:00
More details can be found here.
April 10th, 2018
Seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher in Marine Microbiology
We are now seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher in Marine Microbiology to work on the project [Investigating coral bleaching mechanisms and potential biochemical prevention/rescue measures] funded by the the Japanese Ministry of Environment “Environment Research and Technology Development Fund” (PI: Hiroyuki Fujimura, University of the Ryukyus). The selected researcher will work with the sub group [Omics and microscale studies of the resilience to bleaching]. His/her role will be to investigate the change in microbial communities (diversity, metagenome, etc.) under different treatments and investigate its role in resilience to bleaching. The researcher will work in close collaboration with Dr Sylvain Agostini and Dr Ikuko Yuyama (University of Tsukuba)
More details can be found here.
March 23th, 2018
Sota Yamaji and Yukako Tajima, graduate students at the Center, was awarded the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences Chair's Award for outstanding achievements during their graduate research.
⇒ Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences
⇒ Sasakura lab where they conducted their research
March 13th, 2018
HpBase Associate Prof. Shunsuke Yaguchi, Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba, in collaboration with researchers at National Institute of Genetics, Hiroshima University, and Ochanomizu University read the draft genome of a sea urchin, Hemicentrotus pulcherrimus, and made a database HpBase (http://cell-innovation.nig.ac.jp/Hpul/). This result was published in Development Growth and Differentiation (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/dgd.12429).
December 19th, 2017
XenoturbellaAssociate Prof. Hiroaki Nakano and Dr. Hideyuki Miyazawa at Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba, in collaboration with researchers at National Institute of Genetics, Hokkaido University, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University and The University of Tokyo, succeeded in the collection of Xenoturbella for the first time in the waters near Japan and revealed that they are a new species. These results were published in BMC Evolutionary Biology.
⇒A new species of Xenoturbella from the western Pacific Ocean and the evolution of Xenoturbella
December 10th, 2017
Open Laboratory and Public Lectures were held at Shimoda Marine Research Center.

  
December 6th, 2017
Dr. Rita Rossi Colwell  Dr. Kazuo Inaba 
University of Tsukuba and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) organized Commemorative Symposium for the 33rd International Prize for Biology at Tsukuba International Congress Center in Dec 5 to 6, 2017. This symposium was chaired by Director and Professor Kazuo Inaba at Shimoda Marine Research Center. The prize laureate, Dr. Rita Rossi Colwell, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, USA and famous researchers in the field of marine microbiology, marine ecology and environment biology gave the lectures in the symposium. Assistant Prof. Shigeki Wada and Assistant Prof. Sylvain Agostini at our center also gave the lectures.
October 13th, 2017
Bilateral Joint Research SeminarBilateral Joint Research Seminar between Shimoda Marine Research Center and Laboratoire de Biologie du Développement de Villefranche-sur-mer, CNRS Sorbonne Université, France was held at Shimoda Marine Research Center.
September 26th, 2017
Dr. Hawis Madduppa from Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia, give a talk about Indonesian Marine Biodiversity.
September 7th, 2017
Dr. Katsutoshi Mizuno, Assistant Prof. Kogiku Shiba, Dr. Daisuke Shibata, and Prof. Kazuo Inaba at Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba revealed that an axonemal protein, calaxin is essential for coordinated movement of sea urchin embyos in collaboration with Associate Prof. Shunsuke Yaguchi and Dr. Junko Yaguchi at Shimoda Marine Research Center and research group at the Villefranche-sur-mer Developmental Biology Laboratory, France. These results were published online in Scientific Reports.
⇒" Calaxin establishes basal body orientation and coordinates movement of monocilia in sea urchin embryos" Scientific Reports
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.
http://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-publishes-first-status-report-ocean-sciences-around-world
 

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