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 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 2th, 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 1th, 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 1th, 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)
March 25th, 2015
Nicholas Treen, a graduate student at the Center, was awarded the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences Chair's Award for his outstanding achievements during his graduate research.
March 25th, 2015
Masafumi Kodama, an undergraduate student at the Center, was awarded the College of Biological Sciences Dean’s Award for his outstanding achievements during his undergraduate research.
March 23rd, 2015
From April 1st 2015, fee for the research vessel ‘Tsukuba II’ will be changed from 3,500 yen to 6,000 yen per hour (fuel costs included). We ask for your kind understanding and cooperation.
March 18th, 2015
A new inflatable boat ‘SMRC’ was introduced. ‘SMRC’ can be loaded on to ‘Tsukuba II’, greatly enhancing the mobility in the shallow waters during surveys.

December 25th, 2014
Toshihiko Sato (Technical Staff) was awarded the Staff Award from the President of University of Tsukuba for his lengthy career and contributions.

December 6th, 2014
Morihiko Tomatsuri, a graduate student at the Center, was awarded the Best Poster’s Award at the 2014 Chubu Branch Meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan. His poster was entitled 'Stability mechanisms of food web structure: effects of prey preference of carnivorous gastropod Thais (Reishia) clavigera.'
⇒ Universty of Tsukuba Program to Disseminate Tenure Tracking System
November 8th, 2014
Open Laboratory and Public Lectures were held at Shimoda Marine Research Center.
October 18th, 2014
A course for kids, ‘Let’s examine the shark body’, taught by Hiroaki Nakano (Assistant Professor) and organized by the Denno Shimoda Kurofune School was held at the Center.

October 16th-17th, 2014
Dr. Osamu Shimomura, who was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein GFP, visited our Center. He toured the Center and participated in plankton collections aboard the research vessel ‘Tsukuba II’.
⇒University of Tsukuba HP News (in Japanese)
⇒University of Tsukuba Newspaper 317 (in Japanese)
September 24th, 2014
A ceremony was held to commemorate the new research vessel ‘Tsukuba II’ and the completion of renovation work at the Center.
September 18th, 2014
At the 85th Annual Meeting of the Zoological Society of Japan, held in Sendai, Japan; Shunsuke Yaguchi (Associate Professor)
Shunsuke Yaguchi (Associate Professor) was awarded the Young Scientist Initiative Award from the Zoological Society of Japan for his work on 'Molecular mechanisms of neurogenesis and axis formation in sea urchin embryos'.

Yasunori Saito (Professor) was awarded the Zoological Science Award for his manuscript 'Self and Nonself Recognition in a Marine Sponge, Halichondria japonica (Demospongiae) '.

Toshihiko Sato (Technical Staff)Toshihiko Sato (Technical Staff) received a 'Certificate of Appreciation' from the Zoological Society of Japan for his many years of contributions in supporting research and education on marine biology at Shimoda Marine Research Center.
August 14th, 2014
Kogiku Shiba (Assistant Professor) was awarded the Best Presentation Award at the12th International Symposium on Spermatology, held in New Castle, Australia.

June 19th, 2014
Hiroaki Nakano (Assistant Professor) succeeded in collecting the simplest free-living animal, the placozoans, across Japan.
⇒ University of Tsukuba news article
An article on this research appeared on the morning edition of Asahi shinbun.
⇒ Asahi shinbun newspaper June 26th edition(in Japanese)
June 19th, 2014
Hiroaki Nakano (Assistant Professor) was awarded the Young Staffs' Special Incentive Award, from the President of University of Tsukuba
May 23rd, 2014
Research group of Yasunori Sasakura (Professor) developed a new method ‘MASK’ for investigating gene functions in the ascidian eggs.
May 1st, 2014
Haruka Sasaki, a graduate student at the Center, was awarded the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences Master’s Program in Biological Sciences Chair’s Award for her outstanding achievements during her graduate research.
⇒ Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences Master’s Program in Biological Sciences
⇒Sasakura lab where she conducted her research
April 22nd, 2014
Research group of Kazuo Inaba (Professor) and Kogiku Shiba (Assistant Professor) published their research on the sperm swimming behavior in a marine gastropod.
April 7th, 2014
Hiroaki Nakano (Assistant Professor)Hiroaki Nakano (Assistant Professor) was awarded the Young Scientists' Prize of the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, and Technology (MEXT) for his 'Research on the Evolution of Development Using Non-Model Marine Animals'.
March 26th, 2014
Morihiko Tomatsuri, 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.
March 17th, 2014
Launching Ceremony for the new research vessel ‘Tsukuba II’ was held.
February 8th, 2014
A course for kids, ‘Let’s examine the shark body’, taught by Yasunori Saito (Professor) and organized by the Denno Shimoda Kurofune School was held at the Center.

January 23rd, 2014
‘Nature School Junior Training Lecture’ was held at the Center on January 19th, 2014, and assistant professors Shigeki Wada and Sylvain Agostini served as lecturers.
⇒ Izu shinbun newspaper article

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