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 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
December 12th, 2015
Open Laboratory and Public Lectures were held at Shimoda Marine Research Center.
⇒Photos(article in Japanese)

December 8th, 2015
Dr. Christian Sardet, a former director of CNRS Villefransche-sur-mer marine station, and his son Noe Sardet (Parafilm, Canada) visited SMRC from Nov 23 to Dec 3 for collection and shooting of marine plankton. A part of their images will be displayed in the Kyotographie2016.
⇒ INDEPENDENT'S 'best nature books of 2015'.
⇒'PLANKTON' WONDERS OF THE DRIFTING WORLD
November 11th, 2015
A public symposium entitled as "Conservation of Marine Biodiversity under Global Environmental Change" was held on 8th November. This symposium was organized by Certificate Programme on Nature Conservation of University of Tsukuba, and Dr. Wada talked as speaker. In addition, Ms. Morita and Mr. Bam who are students of doctoral program in biological sciences were awarded excellent poster presentation.
November 1st, 2015
Kazuo Inaba (Professor, Director) and Shigeki Wada (Assistant Professor) will give a talk at the public symposium 'Conservation of Marine Biodiversity under Global Environmental Change', November 8th, held by the Certificate Programme on Nature Conservation, University of Tsukuba.
⇒ 'Conservation of Marine Biodiversity under Global Environmental Change'(in Japanese)
October 2nd, 2015
Research group of Kogiku Shiba (Assistant Professor) and Kazuo Inaba (Professor, Director), in collaboration with Osaka University, discovered that the sperm-specific isoform of an enzyme called calcineurin is essential for normal sperm motility and male fertility. These results were published online in Science on October 1st, 2015.
⇒ "Sperm calcineurin inhibition prevents mouse fertility with implications for male contraceptive" Science
⇒ Universty of Tsukuba news article (in Japanese)
September 29th, 2015
At the 86th Annual Meeting of the Zoological Society of Japan, held in Niigata, Japan, Hiroaki Nakano (Associate Professor) was awarded the Young Scientist Initiative Award from the Zoological Society of Japan for his work on 'Evolutionary developmental research on the life histories of non-model marine animals'..
September 29th, 2015
Morihiko Tomatsuri, a graduate student at the Center, was awarded the Best Poster’s Award at the 8th Japan-China-Korea Graduate Student Forum. His poster was entitled 'A predator is also an architect! Reforming oyster into suitable habitat.’
June 12th, 2015
Shizuoka Governor Heita Kawakatsu visited our Center to acknowledge our scientific and educational activities. Director Kazuo Inaba gave a tour around the Center, including the laboratories, tsunami evacuation route, and the outdoor fish tanks.
⇒University of Tsukuba HP News (in Japanese)
June 12th, 2015
Two junior high school students visited our Center as a workplace experience program. They experienced the daily work of researchers and technicians for two days, June 11th and 12th.
June 9th, 2015
Research group of Hiroaki Nakano (Associate Professor) published their research on the discovery of about 50 new species around Sagami Bay.
⇒「JAMBIO Coastal Organism Joint Surveys reveals undiscovered biodiversity around Sagami Bay」
⇒ University of Tsukuba news article (in Japanese)

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