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The field of biology has expanded from the traditional approaches of focusing on specific organisms and phenomena to utilizing data science approaches in the pursuit of obtaining a comprehensive understanding of life. Under this context, our laboratory employs interdisciplinary approaches, including but not limited to: bioinformatics, laboratory experiments, mathematics, and field samplings to study evolution and ecology of diverse life forms, and to develop novel biotechnological methods.

Research Keywords and Topics

In particular, we are aiming at the following fundamental research questions:
(1) How have the elaborate and complex living systems evolved?
(2) How are the ecosystems stably maintained?
(3) What unknown gene functions have evolved in 4 billion years?
(4) What is the methodology to reveal unknown gene functions from big data?
(5) How many genes are being born on the earth?

Publications

Please refer to our Full Publication List.

Selected papers:

Members
April 2019
Wataru IWASAKI, Ph.D. [WebPage]
Professor
Motomu MATSUI, Ph.D. [WebPage]
Research Associate
Salvatore COSENTINO, Ph.D. [WebPage]
Project Research Associate
Takao K. SUZUKI, Ph.D.
Project Research Associate
Joel H. NITTA, Ph.D. [WebPage]
Project Research Associate
Yuki NISHIMURA, Ph.D.
Project Research Associate
Mizue ANDA, Ph.D. [WebPage]
Project Researcher
Eric C. H. CHEN, Ph.D. [WebPage]
Project Researcher
Kimiho OMAE, Ph.D. [WebPage]
Project Researcher
Kento TOMINAGA, Ph.D.
Project Researcher
Motohiro AKASHI, Ph.D. [WebPage]
Project Researcher
Sungjin KAWAI, Ph.D.
Visiting Researcher
Kanae SAKAI, Ph.D.
Visiting Researcher
Seishiro AOKI, Ph.D.
Project Academic Specialist
Kaori MOTOKI [WebPage]
Project Academic Specialist
Miharu ENDO
Project Academic Specialist
Emiko USHIYAMA
Project Academic Specialist
Tomoyuki MIKAMI
Ph.D. Candidate (JSPS Research Fellow)
Ken KUROKI [WebPage]
Ph.D. Candidate
Yuki HAMAGUCHI
Ph.D. Candidate
Arnon PLIANCHAISUK [WebPage]
Ph.D. Candidate (Japanese Govt. Scholarship)
Yuichiro OZAKI
Ph.D. Candidate
Shun YAMANOUCHI
Ph.D. Candidate
Shoma MATSUSHITA
Ph.D. Candidate
Jiwei YANG
Ph.D. Candidate (Japanese Govt. Scholarship)
Mio TAKOI
Graduate Student
Tomoya NISHIGUCHI
Graduate Student
Yuto URABE
Graduate Student
Naoki KONNO
Graduate Student (WINGS-LST Program Student)
Takuma SUZUKI
Graduate Student
Makoto ITO
Graduate Student (WINGS-PES Program Student)
Keito WATANO
Graduate Student
Kazuki MIYATA
Graduate Student
Yuxiang HUANG
Graduate Student
Rino YASUDA
Graduate Student
Yuna NAKAGAWA
Graduate Student
Ayaka ISHIGURO
Undergraduate Student
Masaki FUJIYOSHI
Undergraduate Student
Lab Alumni:
Shotaro HIRASE, Ph.D. (The University of Tokyo)
Thanet PRANEENARARAT, Ph.D. (Google)
Haruka OZAKI, Ph.D. (University of Tsukuba)
Tsukasa FUKUNAGA, Ph.D. (Waseda University)
Ching-Chia YANG, Ph.D. (NARO)
Sira SRISWASDI, Ph.D. (Chulalongkorn University)
Satoshi HIRAOKA, Ph.D. (JAMSTEC)
Yohei KUMAGAI, Ph.D. (Tayo Inc.)
Sohta ISHIKAWA, Ph.D. (Sunlit Seedlings Ltd.)
Taiki ADACHI, Ph.D. (University of St Andrews)
Masaki HOSO, Ph.D. (Waseda University)
Kazumori MISE, Ph.D. (AIST)
Akira IGUCHI, Ph.D. (AIST)
Mio TAKEUCHI, Ph.D. (AIST)
Joining Our Lab as a Graduate Student

We are accepting graduate students as faculty of the following departments in the University of Tokyo. We highly welcome those who majored bioinformatics and/or were involved in research projects related to bioinformatics during their undergraduate or master courses, and aim at earning a Ph.D by pursuing the research goals described above. If you are interested in joining our lab, please examine our publication list and email the Principal Investigator.

Notes: We have experience in accepting students from outside of Japan. Japanese language is not mandatory if you have enough English skills; however, a will to learn Japanese would be necessary because it makes you enjoy Japan more and many optional classes are held in Japanese. As the University of Tokyo provides Japanese language classes, we usually encourage colleagues from abroad to take them. Also, we highly encourage international students to obtain scholarships because of financial support and credit for life in Japan (Information provided by Japan Student Services Organization). The best one would be Japanese Government Scholarship (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho or MEXT) Scholarship). Please consult with your local Japan Embassy for the selection information.

Joining Our Lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow

If you are interested in pursuing the research goals described above in our laboratory, please examine our publication list and email the Principal Investigator. Information on our post-doc position availability may be posted in JREC-IN Portal, or we might have an open position even if there is no posted information. In addition, we may help you obtain fellowships such as Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Japan, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and Human Frontier Science Program Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Notes: We have experience in accepting Postdoctoral Fellows from outside of Japan. Japanese language is not mandatory if you have enough English skills; however, to enjoy life in Japan, a will to learn Japanese to some extent would be necessary. As the University of Tokyo provides Japanese language classes, we usually encourage colleagues from abroad to take them.

Affiliations in the University of Tokyo
The University of Tokyo
/ Graduate School of Frontier Sciences / Department of Integrated Biosciences & Department of Computational Biology and Medical Sciences
/ School of Science / Department of Biological Sciences & Department of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
/ Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute / Center for Earth Surface System Dynamics / Genetic Research Section
/ Institute for Quantitative Biosciences
/ Collaborative Research Institute for Innovative Microbiology
Software and Databases

Our laboratory is developing bioinformatic software and databases such as:

For other software and databases, refer to Wataru Iwasaki's Webpage.

Address and Access

Our laboratory is located in Bioscience Building on the Kashiwa Campus of the University of Tokyo.
Address: Room 601, Bioscience Bldg, the University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-0882, JAPAN

Getting to the Kashiwa Campus (PDF) (Bioscience Building is "4")
UTokyo Shuttle Bus (Kashiwa Campus - Kashiwanoha Station) (Page in Japanese)

Bioscience Building on Google Maps

Notes: If you use Tobu bus, please get off at either Todai-mae 東大前 or Todai-nishi 東大西 Stop. If you use UTokyo shuttle bus, please get off at the second stop (Kankyoutou-mae 環境棟前 Stop). If you take a taxi from Kashiwanoha-campus station, it will take less than 10 minutes and cost about 1,000 JPY.

Photos

Bioinformatics Laboratory

Computing Server and Experimental Laboratory

Bookshelf

Laboratory Life 1

Laboratory Life 2

Graduation