Unit Leader
Phyloinformatics Unit

Shigehiro Kuraku, Ph.D.
工樂 樹洋

Email: shigehiro.kuraku (at) riken.jp

Adjunct Associate Professor
School of Science and Technology
Kwansei Gakuin University (関西学院大学)

Adjunct Associate Professor
Organization of Advanced Science and Technology
Kobe University (神戸大学)

Updated on September 8, 2017


title Publications

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titleOther appointments

Member in Faculty of 1000 [ My profile at F1000 ] (since April 2013)
Associate Editor of the academic journal BMC Evolutionary Biology (since May 2014)
Editorial Board Member of the academic journal Scientific Data (since June 2016)

View my profiles at Publon - an archive of review and editing records


title Education and Appointments

Kyoto, Japan (1995 - 2002)

1995. 4 - 1999. 3 Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, Japan (B.Sc. in March, 1999)
1999. 4 - 2001. 3 Master program, Department of Biophysics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Japan (M.Sc. in March 2001)
2001. 4 - 2004. 3 Doctor program, Department of Biophysics,  Graduate School of Science,
Kyoto University, Japan (Ph.D. in January 2005 in Evolutionary Biology,
Supervisor: Prof. Takashi Miyata/Prof. Yoshinori Shichida)
Kobe, Japan (2002 - 2007)

2003. 4 - 2004. 3 Junior Research Associate, Laboratory for Evolutionary Morphology,
Center for Developmental Biology (CDB), RIKEN, Japan

2004. 4 - 2005. 1 Research Associate, Laboratory for Evolutionary Morphology,
Center for Developmental Biology (CDB), RIKEN, Japan

2005. 2 - 2007. 3 Research Scientist, Laboratory for Evolutionary Morphology,
Center for Developmental Biology (CDB), RIKEN, Japan
Konstanz, Germany (2007 - 2012)

2007. 4 - 2012. 2 Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter/Akademischer Rat)
Laboratory for Zoology and Evolutionary Biology,
Department of Biology,
University of Konstanz, Germany
2009. 4 - 2012. 2 Principal Investigator
Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology (KoRS-CB)
University of Konstanz, Germany

2010. 4 - 2013. 4 Principal Investigator
International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology 
Kobe, Japan (2012 - )
  2012. 3 - 2014.11 Unit Leader, Genome Resource and Analysis Unit
Center for Developmental Biology (CDB), RIKEN, Kobe, Japan
  2013. 4 -  Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
  2014. 7 -  Adjunct Associate Professor, Organization of Advanced Science and Technology, Kobe University, Japan

2014. 11 -  Unit Leader, Phyloinformatics Unit
Center for Life Science Technologies (CLST), RIKEN, Kobe, Japan

title Teaching

  At Kwansei Gakuin University (関西学院大学), Japan (in Japanese)
    Autumn semester (September - January)
Molecular Evolution & Genome Informatics 「分子進化・ゲノム情報」- 2013, 2014, & 2015 (for 3rd year undergrads)
  At Kobe University (神戸大学), Japan (in Japanese)

先 端融合科学特論「分子進化学の視点からみる動物ゲノム・エピゲノム研究」- 2014, 2015 (for Master/Doctor)
生物学実習I AB「ゲノム・トランスクリプトーム・エピゲノム解析」 - 2016, 2017 (for 2nd year  undergrads)

At Open University of Japan(放送大学), Japan (in Japanese)
放 送授業「生物の進化と多様化の科学」(’17)において、第10章「動物の発生と進化」、第11章「ゲノムの進化と生物の多様化」を 担当 - 2017-2022
  At University of Konstanz, Germany (all in English)

Summer semester
Vertiefungskurs Molecular Evolutionary Biology - From 2007 to 2011
Evolutionary Organismal Biology - 2010

Winter semester
Praktikum Bauplane und Organisationsformen des Tierreichs - From 2007/08 to 2011/12
Evolutionsbiologie - From 2007/08 to 2011/12
Computational Life Science
in Graduate School KoRS-CB - 2008/09 & 2011/12
IMPRS Organismal Biology Course 'Molecular Evolution' - 2010/11

title Selected oral presentations at international conferences

SciLifeLab The Svedberg seminar series and JSPS seminar
Talk title: Elucidating the early process of vertebrate genome evolution
Shigehiro Kuraku
BMC, Uppsala University, Sweden, September 4, 2017.

Global Biodiversity Genomics Conference 2017
Talk title: gVolante: for more standardized completeness assessment of genome/transcriptome assemblies
Osamu Nishimura, Yuichiro Hara, & Shigehiro Kuraku*
Smithonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, USA, February 21-23, 2017.

International Symposium on the Pituitary Gland and Related Systems (ISPGRS) 2016
Talk title: Revisiting the origin of vertebrate endocrine system with genome informatics
Shigehiro Kuraku
Hawaii Imin International Conference Center, Univ. Hawaii, USA, September 1-5, 2016.

Conference 'Quest for Orthologs 4'
Talk title: Assessing vertebrate homolog space
Shigehiro Kuraku
Barcelona, Spain. May 25-27, 2015.

Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences 275th Anniversary Symposium 'Palaeontological and molecular approaches to early vertebrate evolution'
Talk title: Vanishing phylogenetic signals?:revisiting molecular phylogenies of cyclostome genes
Shigehiro Kuraku
Uppsala, Sweden. May12-13, 2015.

Euro Evo-Devo 2014 in a symposium 'Less is more: Loss of gene functions as a driving force of developmental evolution '
Talk title: Revealing cryptic pan-vertebrate gene repertoire in developmental phylome
Shigehiro Kuraku
Vienna, Austria. July 22-25, 2014

Commemorable Symposium for International Prize for Biology 2013 'Influences and Impacts of Evolutionary Biology'
Talk title: Phylogenetics in Evo-Devo: genomic dissection of vertebrate novelty and diversity
Shigehiro Kuraku
Fukuoka, Japan. November 21-22, 2013

Commemorable Symposium for International Prize for Biology 2011 'Genomic Regulation of Development'
Talk title: Evolving regulatory gene repertoire
Shigehiro Kuraku
Kyoto, Japan. November 30-December 1, 2011

Annual Meeting of Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) 2011
Tereza Manousaki, Axel Meyer, Shigehiro Kuraku
Talk title: Reasons why dating the two-round whole genome duplications is so difficult
Kyoto, Japan. July 26-28, 2011

Symposium organized by Fondation des Treilles 'Evo-Devo: where are we and where do we go?'
Talk title: Unveiling hidden paralogy in cyclostome developmental programs
Shigehiro Kuraku
Tourtour, France. April 26-29, 2011

The 3rd meeting of European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology (EED)
Talk title: What are cyclostomes, genomically speaking?
Tereza Manousaki, Huan Qiu, Falk Hildebrand, Axel Meyer, and Shigehiro Kuraku*
Paris, France. July 6-9, 2010

Annual meeting of Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)
Talk title: Post-2R' cyclostomes: molecular phylogenetic view of the vertebrate ancestor
Shigehiro Kuraku
Seattle, USA. January 3-7, 2010

title Outreach ア ウトリーチ活動

2017年8月6日(日) 大阪海遊館
海遊館イベント「ジンベエザメに海のことを聞いてみよう~海と日本PROJECT~」にて講 演

2017年6月3日(土) 須磨海浜水族園
スマスイサイエンスカフェにて講演「DNA で生き物の進化を解き明かす~私たちとサメの関係をゲノムで調べてみたら

2015年より毎年秋 理研神戸キャンパス一般公開にて
ワークショップ「ゲノムの樹 いきものつなぎ」を開催


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