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
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)
December 5th, 2016
Dr. Kai Chen from Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University, give a talk about the molecular mechanisms of zygotic genome activation in fly and ascidian embryos.
⇒ Princeton University
⇒ Lewis-Sigler Genomics Institute for Integrative Genomics
⇒ Mike Levine Laboratory
December 3rd, 2016
Morihiko Tomatsuri, a graduate student at the Center, was awarded the Best Poster’s Award at the 2016 Chubu Branch Meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan. His poster was entitled 'The Effect of Ocean Acidification to Hermit crabs in Intertidal Rocky Shores'
⇒ Kon lab where he conducted his research
November 21st, 2016
Professor Robert Burke from University of Victoria, Canada, gave a talk about the molecular mechanisms of neurogenesis during the sea urchin development.
⇒Burke Laboratory Homepage
June 11th, 2016
Kogiku Shiba (Assistant Professor) was awarded the Morita Encouragement Award for Young Women Scientists from Japanese Association of University Women (JAUW) for her work on `Molecular Cell Biology Research on the Flagellar and ciliary movement'.
⇒ Universty of Tsukuba news article (in Japanese)
⇒Japanese Association of University Women (JAUW)
June 2nd, 2016
Developmental biology lab (Junko Yaguchi, JSPS post-doctoral fellow, Noriyo Takeda, post-doctoral fellow and Shunsuke Yaguchi, Associate Professor) revealed the molecular mechanism that exerts a default neural fate at the precise small location during embryogenesis along with the coordination of different body axes formation. The results were published in PLoS Genetics. This study was collaborated with Kazuo Inaba (Director, Professor) in Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba.
⇒ "Cooperative Wnt-Nodal signals regulate the patterning of anterior neuroectoderm "PLOS Genetics
⇒ Universty of Tsukuba news article (in Japanese)
June 1st, 2016
Yosuke Ogura and Yasunori Sasakura recently published a new manuscript that discovered a new mechanism of cell cycle compensation during neural tube closure in Ciona.
⇒ "Developmental control of cell-cycle compensation provides a switch for patterned mitosis at the onset of chordate neurulation" Developmental Cell
⇒ Universty of Tsukuba news article (in Japanese)
⇒"Meet the Author" Developmental Cell
April 15th, 2016
Opening Ceremony of the SMRC "Shikine-Island Marine Station" was held on Shikine-Island.
⇒ For more information
⇒University of Tsukuba HP News (in Japanese)
March 25th, 2016
Morihiko Tomatsuri, a graduate student at the Center, was awarded the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences Provost's Award for his outstanding achievements during his graduate research.
⇒ Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences
⇒ Kon lab where he is conducting his research

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