University of Tsukuba, Shimoda Marine Research Center
NAKANO Lab (Evolutionary Developmental Biology)
If you have information concerning Xenoturbella or Placozoa in Japan, or would like to collect them in Japan, please contact us!

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.

June 30th, 2015: Movies of Xenoturbella Nakano provided was used in a TV program.

June 24-25th, 2015: Participated in the 7th JAMBIO Coastal Organism Joint Survey.

May 20th, 2015: Paper on the JAMBIO Coastal Organism Joint Survey was published on Regional Studies in Marine Science.
                           This paper was featured on the University of Tsukuba webpage "RESEARCH".

May 18th, 2015: Nakano became an Editorial Board member for Scientific Reports

May 13-14th, 2015: The 7th JAMBIO Coastal Organism Joint Survey was canceled due to an approaching typhoon.

March 30th, 2015: An article (in Japanese) written by Nakano on placozoans appeared on Umiushi-Tsushin.

February 12-13th, 2015: Participated in the 6th JAMBIO Coastal Organism Joint Survey.

February 10th, 2015: A Japanese book for kids Nakano helped was published. 

February 1st, 2015: Nakano became an associate professor.

January 31st, 2015: Paper on ciliary band transition in the crinoid Metacrinus rotundus published in Acta Zoologica.

January 19-20th, 2015: Participated in the 5th JAMBIO Coastal Organism Joint Survey.

January 18th, 2015: An article (in Japanese) written by Nakano on crinoids appeared on Izu-Shinbun newspaper.
December 31st, 2014: Article about our research on placozoans appeared in JAMBIO News Letter.

December 8-12th, 2014: Nakano gave a talk at the OIST Winter Course OWECS2014.

December 4-5th, 2014: Participated in the 2nd JAMBIO International Symposium.

December 2-3rd, 2014: Nakano gave a talk at The 30th International Symposium in conjunction with 
                                       Award of the International Prize for Biology

November 26th, 2014: Participated in the 4th JAMBIO Coastal Organism Joint Survey.

October 2nd, 2014: Article on placozoans written by Nakano appeared in the journal 'Kagaku', Iwanami-Shoten.

September 29th, 2014: At the Tsukuba Global Science Week 2014, Aging Sciences Session, Nakano gave a talk 
                                       「Strange and simple placozoans- ‘biologically immortal’ animals?」.

                                                Nakano organized a symposium:
                                                        「Marine Invertebrates -Gold Mine of the Information on Life Sciences II-」
                                                Nakano gave a talk at a symposium「Overlooked zoology: less than a few millimeters III」
                                                         entitled「Placozoa- Free-living animals without nerve cells or muscle cells」
                                                Bam gave a talk entitled「Exploring glycosidases in Placozoa」

August 1st, 2014: Hideyuki Miyazawa joined the lab as a post-doctoral researcher.

July 9th, 2014:  Article about the Japanese placozoan paper appeared in the JST web site Science Portal.

June 26th, 2014: Article about the Japanese placozoan paper appeared in June 26th morning Asahi-shinbun newspaper. 

June 19th, 2014: Paper on Japanese placozoans was published on Scientific Reports.
                           This paper was featured on the University of Tsukuba webpage "RESEARCH".

June 19th, 2014: Nakano was awarded the Young Staffs' Special Incentive Award from the University of Tsukuba.

June 5th, 2014: Nakano gave an invited presentation titled 'Establishing an Experimental System for Japanese Placozoans'
                          at the Directors' Meeting of the Japanese National Marine and Inland Water Stations Mini-symposium.

May 1st, 2014: Participated in the 3rd JAMBIO Coastal Organism Joint Survey.

April 15th, 2014: Nakano was awarded the Young Scientists' Prize of the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, and Technology (MEXT).

April 7th, 2014: An article (in Japanese) written by Nakano appeared in University of Tsukuba Newspaper.

April 1st, 2014: Two new members joined the lab!

February 19-20th, 2014: Participated in the 2nd JAMBIO Coastal Organism Joint Survey.

January 23-24th, 2014: Participated in the 1st JAMBIO Coastal Organism Joint Survey.

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.
                                     「Marine Invertebrates -Gold Mine of the Information on Life Sciences-」
                                     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.
                                    Article1&2, Article3, Article4
                                   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.
                                   「Xenoturbella bocki exhibits direct development with similarities to Acoelomorpha

February 25-26, 2013: Presentation at the 1st JAMBIO International Symposium
                                        「Development of Xenoturbella and the evolution of metazoan larvae」