Ecological Developmental Adaptability Life Sciences :
Biological Dynamics


Assistant Professor ABE Gembu
Campus Aobayama campus
Laboratory Organ Morphogenesis
Tel +81-22-795-6677
E-mail gembu.abe.b5@tohoku.ac.jp
Website http://www.biology.tohoku.ac.jp/lab-www/tamlab/
2004-2007 PhD in Graduate School of Life Science, Tohoku University, (Dr. Hiroyuki Ide and Dr. Koji Tamura)
2002-2004 Master in Graduate School of Life Science, Tohoku University
1998-2002 Bachelor in Faculty of Science, Hiroshima University
April 2007-June 2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Division of Molecular and Developmental Biology, National Institute of Genetics, JAPAN.
July 2012-March 2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Institute of Cellular and Organismic Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.
April 2015-present Research Associate. Department of Developmental Biology and Neurosciences, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University, Japan.
Selected Publications
Original Articles
  1. Li IJ, Chang M, Liu SC, Abe G, Ota KG.; Postembryonic staging of wild-type goldfish, with brief reference to skeletal systems. Dev Dyn. 2015
  2. Abe G, Lee SH, Chang M, Liu SC, Tsai HY, Ota KG.; The origin of the bifurcated axial skeletal system in the twin-tail goldfish. Nat Commun. 2014
  3. Tsai HY, Chang M, Liu SC, Abe G, Ota KG.; Embryonic development of goldfish (Carassius auratus): a model for the study of evolutionary change in developmental mechanisms by artificial selection. Dev Dyn. 2013
  4. Wada H, Ghysen A, Asakawa K, Abe G, Ishitani T, Kawakami K.; Wnt/Dkk negative feedback regulates sensory organ size in zebrafish. Curr Biol. 2013
  5. Asakawa K, Abe G, Kawakami K.; Cellular dissection of the spinal cord motor column by BAC transgenesis and gene trapping in zebrafish.Front Neural Circuits. 2013
  6. Muto A, Ohkura M, Abe G, Nakai J, Kawakami K.; Real-time visualization of neuronal activity during perception.Curr Biol. 2013
  7. Yano T, Abe G, Yokoyama H, Kawakami K, Tamura K.; Mechanism of pectoral fin outgrowth in zebrafish development. Development. 2012
  8. Suster ML, Abe G, Schouw A, Kawakami K.; Transposon-mediated BAC transgenesis in zebrafish. Nat Protoc. 2011
  9. Abe G, Suster ML, Kawakami K.; Tol2-mediated transgenesis, gene trapping, enhancer trapping, and the Gal4-UAS system. Methods Cell Biol. 2011
  10. Shakes LA, Abe G, Eltayeb MA, Wolf HM, Kawakami K, Chatterjee PK.; Generating libraries of iTol2-end insertions at BAC ends using loxP and lox511 Tn10 transposons. BMC Genomics. 2011
  11. Kawakami K, Abe G, Asada T, Asakawa K, Fukuda R, Ito A, Lal P, Mouri N, Muto A, Suster ML, Takakubo H, Urasaki A, Wada H, Yoshida M.; zTrap: zebrafish gene trap and enhancer trap database. BMC Dev Biol. 2010  
  12. Picker A, Cavodeassi F, Machate A, Bernauer S, Hans S, Abe G, Kawakami K, Wilson SW, Brand M.; Dynamic coupling of pattern formation and morphogenesis in the developing vertebrate retina. PLoS Biol. 2009
  13. Noro M, Uejima A, Abe G, Manabe M, Tamura K.; Normal developmental stages of the Madagascar ground gecko Paroedura pictus with special reference to limb morphogenesis. Dev Dyn. 2009
  14. Yonei-Tamura S, Abe G, Tanaka Y, Anno H, Noro M, Ide H, Aono H, Kuraishi R, Osumi N, Kuratani S, Tamura K.; Competent stripes for diverse positions of limbs/fins in gnathostome embryos. Evol Dev. 2008
  15. Nagayoshi S, Hayashi E, Abe G, Osato N, Asakawa K, Urasaki A, Horikawa K, Ikeo K, Takeda H, Kawakami K.; Insertional mutagenesis by the Tol2 transposon-mediated enhancer trap approach generated mutations in two developmental genes: tcf7 and synembryn-like. Development. 2008
  16. Abe G, Ide H, Tamura K.; Function of FGF signaling in the developmental process of the median fin fold in zebrafish. Dev Biol. 2007
Review Articles
  1. Ota KG, Abe G.; Goldfish morphology as a model for evolutionary developmental biology. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Dev Biol. 2016
  2. Yonei-Tamura S, Abe G, Tamura K.; Positional information on limb/fin formation in vertebrates (in Japanese). Tanpakushitsu Kakusan Koso. 2005 Review.
Activities in Academic Societies

Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists
The Zoological Society of Japan


The introductory science experiments for 1st-year students in Tohoku University.
The practical training course in Developmental biology for 3rd-year students in Tohoku University Faculty of Science.

Recent Activities

Fish fins are one of the most diverse organs in vertebrate. These diversity allow us to investigate how species specific shape and function of organ develops. I am studying the developmental and evolutionary mechanisms of morphological diversity of vertebrate organs by using model organism zebrafish and other relatives.

Message to Students

All of livings have species specific morphology. Its developmental process is so complicated, but looks to be based on smart logic. I would like to understand how such attractive morphologies are evolved by studying the smart logic.