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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?

Iwasaki Lab Research Photos

Publications

Please refer to our Full Publication List.

Selected papers include:

Members
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April 2022
Wataru IWASAKI, Ph.D. [WebPage]
Professor
Motomu MATSUI, Ph.D. [WebPage]
Project 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.
Research Associate
Hiroshi AKASHI, Ph.D. [WebPage]
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. [WebPage]
Project Researcher
Johnny Chun Lai TAM, Ph.D. [WebPage]
Project Researcher
Keita MIYAKE, Ph.D.
JSPS Research Fellow
Tao ZHU, Ph.D.
Project Researcher
Naohisa WADA, Ph.D. [WebPage]
Project Researcher
Sungjin KAWAI, Ph.D.
Visiting Researcher
Kanae SAKAI, Ph.D.
Visiting Researcher
Fumino MARUO, Ph.D.
Visiting Researcher
Seishiro AOKI, Ph.D.
Visiting Researcher
Kaori MOTOKI [WebPage]
Project Academic Specialist
Miharu ENDO
Project Academic Specialist
Emiko USHIYAMA
Project Academic Specialist
Ken KUROKI [WebPage]
Ph.D. Candidate
Yuichiro OZAKI
Ph.D. Candidate
Shun YAMANOUCHI
Ph.D. Candidate (SPRING-GX Student)
Shoma MATSUSHITA
Ph.D. Candidate
Jiwei YANG
Ph.D. Candidate (JSPS Research Fellow)
Tomoya NISHIGUCHI
Ph.D. Candidate
Naoki KONNO [WebPage]
Ph.D. Candidate (JSPS Research Fellow)
Keito WATANO
Ph.D. Candidate (SPRING-GX Student)
Mio TAKOI
Graduate Student
Makoto ITO
Graduate Student (WINGS-PES Student)
Kazuki MIYATA
Graduate Student
Yuxiang HUANG [WebPage]
Graduate Student (WINGS-LST Student)
Rino YASUDA
Graduate Student
Yuna NAKAGAWA
Graduate Student
Ayaka ISHIGURO
Graduate Student
Masaki FUJIYOSHI
Graduate Student (WINGS-PES Student)
Yoichiro ISHII
Graduate Student
Shumpei TAKEUCHI
Graduate Student (WINGS-SA Student)
Satoshi NISHINO
Graduate Student
Shiina IDE
Graduate Student
Seiji TOKI
Undergraduate Student
Fei XIA
Undergraduate Student (from Keio University)
Siqi LI
Visiting Graduate Student (from Ocean Univ China)
Yuto IKEMOTO
UTokyoGSC Student (from Akita High Sch)
Lab Alumni:
Shotaro HIRASE, Ph.D. (The University of Tokyo)
Thanet PRANEENARARAT, Ph.D. (Google)
Akira IGUCHI, Ph.D. (AIST)
Haruka OZAKI, Ph.D. (University of Tsukuba)
Mio TAKEUCHI, Ph.D. (AIST)
Tsukasa FUKUNAGA, Ph.D. (Waseda University)
Ching-Chia YANG, Ph.D. (National Yang-Ming University)
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 California, Santa Cruz)
Masaki HOSO, Ph.D. (Waseda University)
Kazumori MISE, Ph.D. (AIST)
Motohiro AKASHI, Ph.D. (Seikei University)
Tomoyuki MIKAMI, Ph.D. (National Museum of Nature and Science)
Hannah MUELBAIER (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)
Arnon PLIANCHAISUK, Ph.D. (The University of Tokyo)
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 UTokyo International Education Support Office and 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. In addition, International Student Handbook and Information for Prospective Students are available at UTokyo website.

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. For more information about life on the Kashiwa Campus, please also refer to the website of International Liaison Office at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, UTokyo.

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
Bioscience Building

[Address]
#601 Iwasaki Lab, Bioscience Bldg, the University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-0882, JAPAN

[Access]
Getting to the Kashiwa Campus (PDF) (Bioscience Building is "4")
Google Maps (Bioscience Building, Kashiwa Campus, UTokyo)

Our laboratory is located on the 6th floor (#601) of Bioscience Building on the Kashiwa Campus of the University of Tokyo.
Please note that the entrance of Bioscience Building is only on the east side you see in the photo above.

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

Highway bus is also available from Haneda Airport, Narita Airport, and Tokyo Station to National Cancer Center East Hospital (国立がん研究センター, Kokuritsu-Gan-Kenkyu Center) Stop, which is just next to the Kashiwa Campus, or Kashiwanoha-campus Station.

[Information on the Kashiwa Campus]
Environment and facilities on the Kashiwa Campus
Restaurants on the Kashiwa Campus

Photos

Bioinformatics Laboratory
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Computing Server and Experimental Laboratory
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Bookshelf
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Laboratory Life 1
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Laboratory Life 2
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Graduation
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