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Center News

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
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)
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 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 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)
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
November 20th, 2013
University of Tsukuba Disaster DrillConcurrent with the University of Tsukuba Disaster Drill at University of Tsukuba main campus, Tsunami Emergency Drill was carried out at the Center. All 71 participants (46 center staff and students, 25 renovation construction workers), were all able to evacuate to the designated meeting point, situated 39 meters above sea level, within 5 minutes of the tsunami warning.
October 4th, 2013
University of Tsukuba by AERA MOOKAn article on Hiroaki Nakano (Assistant Professor) appears in the 'University of Tsukuba by AERA MOOK'.
⇒ http://publications.asahi.com/ecs/detail/?item_id=15298


August 29th, 2013
the Young Scientist Initiative AwardHiroaki Nakano (Assistant Professor) was awarded the Young Scientist Initiative Award from the Society of Evolutionary Studies, Japan.
⇒ http://sesj.kenkyuukai.jp/special/index.asp?id=11632

August 26th, 2013
A two day training course for science and biology teachers within Shizuoka prefecture, "Sea and organisms of Izu", was held in Shimoda city and Minamiizu town. Participants collected and observed plankton at Shimoda Marine Research Center on the 26th.
⇒ Izu Newspaper August 26th
⇒ Izu Newspaper website August 26th
July 12th, 2013
The Second Social Contribution Report Meeting was held on July 12.The project,"Junior-Course of Izu-kaiyou-shizenjuku" won the second prize.
⇒http://www.tsukuba.ac.jp/english/news/n201307220913.html
July 4th, 2013
20130310Sylvain Agostini (Assistant Professor) was awarded the Best Paper Award of the year 2012 in the journal Coral Reefs published by the International Coral Reef Society (ISRS).
The paper: Biological and chemical characteristics of the coral gastric cavity. Coral reefs 31:147-156 was voted by the editorial board as the most outstanding paper published in Coral Reefs during the year 2012.
http://link.springer.com/journal/338
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00338-011-0831-6
 
March 13th, 2013
20130310Shimoda City Tsunami Emergency Drill was carried out with about 21 participants, including center staff, researchers, students, and neighbors. Participants were all able to evacuate to the designated meeting point within 9 minutes.
February 26th, 2013
XenoturbellaAssistant professor Hiroaki Nakano and his collaborators have succeeded in observing the development of Xenoturbella for the first time since the animal was first discovered more than 130 years ago. These results were published online in Nature Communications on February 26th, 2013.
http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v4/n2/full/ncomms2556.html
http://www.tsukuba.ac.jp/public/press/130227.pdf
November 21st, 2012
A research group including Director Professor Kazuo Inaba and assistant professor Kogiku Shiba has discovered that calaxin, an axonemal Ca2+ binding protein, regulates sperm chemotaxis. These results were published online in PNAS on November 20th, 2012.
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/11/20/1217018109.abstract?sid=677dd23b-e218-4dc4-b4b3-341217ab9b50
http://www.tsukuba.ac.jp/public/press/121120.pdf
http://www.shimoda.tsukuba.ac.jp/images/news/241120inaba_shizuoka.pdf
November 21st, 2012
An interview of Director Professor Kazuo Inaba concerning disaster prevention was aired on the Prefectural News, Shizuoka Asahi Television.
November 11th, 2012
Assistant professor Shigeki Wada, technical staffs Yasutaka Tsuchiya and Hideo Shinagawa participated in the "Recovery Support Program of the Heart" held at Kitaibaraki Municipal Seika Elementary School, Ibaraki Prefecture. In cooperation with Sugadaira Montane Research Center, University of Tsukuba, both marine and land animals were displayed, and children were very excited to actually touch the animals and to study them through a microscope.
November 10th, 2012
Open Laboratory and Public Lectures were held at Shimoda Marine Research Center.
http://www.shimoda.tsukuba.ac.jp/images/news/241114_izusinbun_ippan.pdf
July 10th, 2012
Tsunami Emergency Drill was carried out with about 60 participants, including center staff, researchers, students, neighbors and tourists.  A newspaper article reporting the drill (in Japanese ) : http://www.shimoda.tsukuba.ac.jp/images/news/240712_izushinbun.pdf
July 6th, 2012
Shimoda Marine Research Center is seeking for an assistant professor in marine biology (including Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, etc.).  Please see Word file for information.  Deadline: July 27th, 2012.
May 23rd, 2012
Research Project 'Evolution and diversity of developmental programs of the nervous system in deuterostomes' was adopted as a Pre-Strategic Initiative (Research Project) by the Organization for the Support and Development of Strategic Initiatives, University of Tsukuba.  Assistant Professor Takeo Horie is the leader, and associate professor Shunsuke Yaguchi and assistant professor Hiroaki Nakano are the co-investigators.  http://www.osi.tsukuba.ac.jp/sub_osi/english_index.html
May 2nd, 2012
Assistant Professor Shigeki Wada has been awarded the Research Grant of Geoenvironmental Science from the Asahi Beer Research Foundation.
http://www.asahibeer.co.jp/csr/philanthropy/ab-academic/index.html
April 21st, 2012
Technical staff Yasutaka Tsuchiya and Yutaro Yamada, Assistant professors Shigeki Wada and Koetsu Kon, and graduate students Yumiko Osawa and Haruka Sasaki participated in The 53rd Science and Technology Week: "Kids' University" held at the University of Tsukuba.  Living marine animals collected at the center were displayed at the exhibition, named "Touch and Learn about Sea Creatures".  Many children were very excited to actually touch the animals and to study them through a microscope.
April 19th, 2012
Assistant Professor Hiroaki Nakano has been awarded the Sasakawa Scientific Research Grant from The Japan Science Society. http://www.jss.or.jp/sasagawa/index.html
April 13th, 2012
【 Tsunami Evacuation Route Completed 】
The new route was designed to allow center staff, researchers, students, neighbors and tourists to evacuate to a height of 39 meters in case of an emergency.   Over 60 people, including city officials and neighbors, participated in the ceremony to reveal the new route.  A newspaper article reporting the ceremony (in Japanese): http://www.shimoda.tsukuba.ac.jp/images/news/120414izusinbun.pdf
March 26, 2012
Associate Professor Yasunori Sasakura has been awarded the 52nd Toray Science and Technology Grant. http://www.toray.com/tsf/about/index.html
March 13th, 2012
Prof. Kazuo Inaba and Assistant Prof. Kogiku Shiba, in collaboration with Dr. Takako Saito, Prof. Hitoshi Sawada and Assistant Prof. Lixy Yamada at Sugashima Marine Biological Laboratory, Nagoya University, revealed a mechanism of self-incompatibility system in the ascidian Ciona intestinalis.  These results were published in PNAS on March 13th, 2012.  For further information: http://www.shimoda.tsukuba.ac.jp/~jambio/eng-researchtopics.html
March, 2012
Assistant Professor Shunsuke Yaguchi has been awarded the 2012 Inamori Research Grant. http://www.inamori-f.or.jp/e_fd_out_out.html
Aug. 8, 2011
Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba, JAPAN, is seeking for a faculty member in marine biology. (Deadline for applications: Sep. 30, 2011)
Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba, has established the Japanese Association for Marine Biology “JAMBIO”, in collaboration with University of Tokyo. JAMBIO is one of the “Joint Usage/ Research Centers” in Japan. The marine research center aims to accelerate advanced research in marine biology including international research collaboration. We are now seeking to recruit a faculty member who will develop own research by taking full advantages of the field and research facilities of the marine research center and will contribute to both the development of JAMBIO and the research/education in this academic field.
Feb. 10, 2011
An international research group including Assistant Professor Hiroaki Nakano at Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Professor Maximilian Telford at University College London, and other colleagues has shown that the marine invertebrate worms Acoelmorpha and Xenoturbella form a sister group within the deuterostomes. These results were published in Nature on February 10th, 2011.
Jan. 21, 2011
The 2nd JAMBIO forumThe 2nd JAMBIO forum was held on January 21st at Shimoda Marine Research Center with participants from Sweden, Hawaii, and many Japanese marine stations and universities.
Jan. 3, 2011
Drs. Takeo Horie, Yasunori Sasakura and their colleagues at the Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba published a manuscript entitled "Ependymal cells of chordate larvae are stem-like cells that form the adult nervous system" in the journal Nature in collaboration with Dr. Takehiro G. Kusakabe at the Konan University and Dr. Nori Satoh at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technologies. This manuscript describes transition of the central nervous system during metamorphosis of urochordate ascidian. They showed that larval ependymal cells are the major cells constructing the adult nervous system and some of them are neural stem-like cells that produce adult neurons. These results were published in Nature.

 

 

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