The members of four laboratories research about development, evolution, and ecosystem.
Cell is a basic unit of "living". Based on this standpoint, we try to unveil the tale of living things such as butterflies, spiders,
fig wasps and frogs from the perspectives of development, evolution, and ecosystem.
We have a lot of such interesting topics as: the developments of spiders and frogs from an egg (a cell),
insects' diversity and insect-plant coevolution, and the selection of host plants by butterflies.
Evolution of Insect Host
Female butterflies innately know suitable plants for their larvae in spite of not eat leaves because they drink nectar. We aim to understand of biological interaction between insects and plants through identification of molecular mechanisms for host recognition in chemosensory hair on foreleg tarsi of adult female butterflies.
Studying on molecular phylogeny and evolution of arthropods, especially insects, and mutualism and co-evolution between figs and fig wasps.
Evolutionary Cell and
To understand the deep origins of animal diversity, we compare mechanisms of development and cell-cell adhesion mainly using Drosophila and the spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum.
Fundamental structure of vertebrate species is found in pharyngulae on the course of early development. To know how this structure is established, we study morphogenesis of amphibians in terms of ontogeny and phylogeny.
Communications & Production Sector
We quest for an expression of a scientific idea and its research result.
A unique expression is a great source for new ideas.
Director & Advisor's Publication List
Kazuhiro NAGATA, Director General |
Masasuke YOSHIDA, Advisor, Director of Biology | Hisato KONDOH, Advisor, Director of Biology