Ecological Developmental Adaptability Life Sciences :
Biological Dynamics


Assistant Professor UESAKA Masahiro
Campus Aobayama campus
Laboratory Organ Morphogenesis
Tel +81-22-795-6677
E-mail masahiro.uesaka.d5@tohoku.ac.jp
Website https://masahirouesaka.org/ja/
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I explore general relationships between vertebrate development and evolution from molecular perspectives.
Mar. 2010                        Bachelor of Science, Kyoto University
Apr. 2012 – Mar. 2015    JSPS Research Fellow (DC1), Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
Mar. 2015                        Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
Apr. 2015 – Mar. 2018    JSPS Postdoctoral fellow (PD), Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
Apr. 2018 – Aug. 2022   Research Scientist, Laboratory for Evolutionary Morphology, RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research
Sep. 2022 –                     Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
Selected Publications
Publication list
Activities in Academic Societies
Society for Evolutionary studies, Japan
The Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists
The Molecular Biology Society of Japan

Recent Activities

Diverse multi-cellular animals originally evolved from a simple unicellular organism. Similarly, animal development generally proceeds from a single-celled zygote to a complex multi-cellular organism. This tendency has inspired scientists to propose a relationship between development and evolution so far (e.g., Haeckel's recapitulation theory and developmental hourglass model).
What are the general relationships, if any, between development and evolution? This question has long been central to the fields of evolutionary developmental biology. A better understanding of the relationships between development and evolution not only helps to infer the ancestral state of the common ancestor, but also provides insights into how animals have diversified by modifying their developmental programs. Nonetheless, there are still many related questions left unanswered.
Focusing mainly on the evolution of vertebrates, I’m tackling this theme from the molecular perspective using bioinformatics and molecular experiment approaches.

Message to Students

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