University of Tsukuba, Shimoda Marine Research Center
NAKANO Lab (Evolutionary Developmental Biology)
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Our lab is focused in the diversity of marine invertebrate development, evolution of metazoan development patterns, and body plan evolution in deuterostomes. We study the evolution and development of several non-model animals, such as Placozoa, Xenoturbella, and crinoids. For detailed information, please read the research projects page.
October 4th, 2013: An article about our research appears in the book 'University of Tsukuba by AERA MOOK'.
September 26th, 2013: We organized a symposium at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Zoological Society of Japan.
Nakano gave a talk at the seminar: 「Evolution and Origin of Marine Invertebrate Larvae」
September 24th, 2013: You can see pictures of our crinoid sea lilies in lab in this blog article.
August 29th, 2013: Received the Young Scientist Initiative Award from the Society of Evolutionary Studies, Japan.
June 1, 2013: Article about our research on Xenoturbella appeared in JAMBIO News Letter.
May 17th, 2013: Our research was featured on the University of Tsukuba webpage "TSUKUBA FUTURE".
A photo was also shown on the University of Tsukuba top page.
February-April, 2013: Articles about our Xenoturbella paper appeared in a number of Japanese newspapers.
Our paper has also received media attention in other countries as well, such as
Swedish National TV broadcaster SVT, The Huffington Post, etc.
February 26, 2013: Our paper on Xenoturbella development was published on Nature Communications.
February 25-26, 2013: Presentation at the 1st JAMBIO International Symposium
「Development of Xenoturbella and the evolution of metazoan larvae」
January 18, 2013: Article about our research on placozoans appeared in JAMBIO News Letter.
December 19, 2012: Presentation at the Seto Marine Biological Seminar 「Research on Japanese Placozoa」
September 16, 2012: Presentation at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Community of young biologists around the sea
「Development and Diversity of Japanese Placozoa」
September 15, 2012: Presentation at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Zoological Society of Japan
「Development of Xenoturbella bocki」
June 13, 2012: Presentation at the 12th International Symposium on Flatworm Biology