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