Koh Onimaru, Ph.D.
Affiliation: Special Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory for Bioinformatics Research (PI: Itoshi Nikaido), at RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research
Contact: koh.onimaru(at)gmail.com / koh.onimaru(at)riken.jp (Please replace (at) to @)
2013 Ph.D. Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
2013 Postdoctoral researcher, Mikiko Tanaka Lab, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
2013-2016 Postdoctoral researcher, James Sharpe Lab, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
2016-2018 Postdoctoral researcher, Shigehiro Kuraku Lab, RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies (CLST)
2018-2019 Special Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory for Phyloinformatics (PI: Shigehiro Kuraku), RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research
Scientific interest: Evolutionary biology. I am currently interested in the fin-to-limb transition. Morphogenesis is a really complicated system as it involves thousands of gene regulations and cell interactions. I am wondering how random mutations at DNA level affect such a complex system and happened to change its morphology to others. To solve this question, I am trying to combine (a) developmental biology, in which morphogenesis actually occur, (b) numerical modeling to deal with the non-linear and multibody dynamics of morphogenesis, (c) comparative genomics to identify mutations that affect the morphogenetic system. The fin-to-limb transformation is a good example to tackle. My ultimate goal is to find out the general principles of biology.