Cellular and Molecular Biology

We promote molecular and cellular biology research of primates for their evolution and conservation, and also for establishment of model organisms.

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Cellular Biology Section

We focus on the evolution and conservation of primates, using methods in genetics, molecular biology, physiology, parasitology, and endocrinology. Our main research themes currently in progress include the reorganization of the genome in association with hominization, the coevolution of hosts and pathogens including parasites and viruses, and the development of analytical and operational methods to increase breeding efficiency. 

Section Members 

Munehiro Okamoto
Munehiro Okamoto
Professor, Director of the Center for Human Evolution Modeling Research
Akihiko Koga
Akihiko Koga
Professor
Kodzue Kinoshita
Kodzue Kinoshita
Assistant Professor
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Molecular Biology

We investigate genomes, genes, proteins, and cells to understand the evolution of all primates, including humans. Genomes provide information about chromosome evolution and population genetics. Functional genes and proteins provide information about rules that govern behavior and ecology. Cells are potential biological resources for new experimental models and for species conservation, especially in the case of stem cells. Now, using specific subjects, we focus on studying the senses, reproduction and brain development.

Section Members 

Hirohisa Hirai
Hirohisa Hirai
Professor
Hiroo Imai
Hiroo Imai
Associate Professor
Masanori Imamura
Assistant Professor