Anatomy and Structural Biology

Our laboratory is studying the three-dimensional structure of cell organelles using cryo-electron tomography and conventional transmission/scanning electron microscopy. We are particularly interested in the molecular mechanisms of ciliary/flagellar assembly and motility.
We developed a structural labeling method for cryo-electron tomography in 2013 (Oda and Kikkawa J. Struct. Biol 2013). Using this method, we are trying to complete a three-dimensional “jigsaw puzzle” of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii flagella by identifying the position of each flagellar protein. We are also investigating motile cilia of Trichoplax adhaerens and sensory cilia of Caenorhabditis elegans using conventional transmission/scanning electron microscopy.

Anatomy and Structural Biology


Name Title・Positions Main Research Focus
Toshiyuki ODA Professor Electron microscopy of cilia
Tomohiro KUBO Project Assistant Professor Studies on the regulation of flagellar/ciliary motility by tubulin polyglutamylation
Hironori TAKAHASHI Project Assistant Professor Neuroscience of C. elegans with photons and electrons
Munetsugu BAN Project Assistant Professor Placozoa biology, Molecular evolution of lysozyme



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