Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology enable us to analyze whole genome and gene expression of organisms comprehensively and rapidly. Our Group is trying to reveal the metabolism, function, and ecology of organisms, and their relationships that are found in tropical & subtropical area using increasing biological information.

We are mainly focusing on the following research subjects.
  1. Symbiotic relationship between marine sponges and their microbial residents that might involve in production of useful bioactive compounds.
  2. Industrial study of useful microorganisms that are difficult to be cultured based on genome information.
  3. Development of cultivation method for the microbes yet to be cultured by conventional techniques.
  4. Tripartite symbiosis consisting of archaea, bacteria and eukaryote found in anaerobic Trimyema ciliate.
  • A kind of marine sponge producing useful bioactive compounds.
    A kind of marine sponge producing useful bioactive compounds.
  • An anaerobic ciliate, Trimyema compressum harbors both archaeal and bacterial symbionts in their cytoplasm.
    An anaerobic ciliate, Trimyema compressum harbors both archaeal and bacterial symbionts in their cytoplasm.
  • Circular representation of the chromosome of TC1 symbiont living in T. compressum.
    Circular representation of the chromosome of TC1 symbiont living in T. compressum.

Member

Position Name
Associate Prof. Naoya SHINZATO
Assistant Prof. Michihiro ITO