Cilia and flagella are important cellular organelles for locomotion and fluid flow in body. The structure of cilia and flagella is well conserved in the process of evolution. We study the structure, function and evolution of cilia and flagella by using marine organisms such as ascidian, sea urchin, fish, and comb jelly. Our research topics cover a wide range of subjects, including fertilization, morphogenesis, locomotion, evolution and ecology of marine unicellular and multicellular organisms.
Transmission electron microscope image of comb plate cilia in comb jelly