Team Leader
Laboratory for Phyloinformatics

Shigehiro Kuraku, Ph.D.
工樂 樹洋

Email: shigehiro.kuraku (at)

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

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

Updated on August 29, 2019


title Publications

Listing in NCBI PubMed / Google Scholar / ResearchGate / Publon


titleOther appointments

Reviewing Editor of eLife (since August 2019)
Associate Editor of the academic journal BMC Evolutionary Biology (since May 2014)
Editorial Board Member of the academic journal Scientific Data (since June 2016)
Member in Faculty of 1000 [ My profile at F1000 ] (since April 2013)

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
RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB), 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 - 2018. 3 Unit Leader, Phyloinformatics Unit
RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies (CLST), Kobe, Japan
2018. 4 - Unit Leader, Laboratory for Phyloinformatics
RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR), Kobe, Japan
2018. 4 - Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate schoold of Science, Kobe University, Japan
2019. 4 - Team Leader, Laboratory for Phyloinformatics
RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR), Kobe, Japan

title Teaching

  At Kwansei Gakuin University (関西学院大学), Japan (in Japanese)
    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, 2017 (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, 2018, 2019 (for 2nd year  undergrads) [ Textbook ]

At Konan University (甲南大学), Japan (in Japanese)
全学教育 国際言語文化科目「世界のサイエンス事情2」 - 2018, 2019 (for undergrads)
大学院 自然科学研究科 「科学技術英語 (前)」(
W500100) - 2019 (for Master students)
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

CeMEB Marine Evolution 2018
Elasmobranch shark genome analysis enabled by chromosome-scale scaffolding
Shigehiro Kuraku
Strömstad, Sweden, May 15-17, 2018.

Plant Animal Genome Conference XXVI
Tales about Scaffolding and Evaluating Megabase-Scale Vertebrate Genome Sequences
Shigehiro Kuraku
San Diego, USA, January 13-17, 2018.

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.

Symposium 'Less is more: Loss of gene functions as a driving force of developmental evolution' in EuroEvoDevo 2014
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

title Outreach ア ウトリーチ活動

2017年8月6日(日) 大阪海遊館

サ イエンスカンファレンス in 兵庫(高校生向け英語イベント)にて講演
「How can genome science assist our understanding of life and nature?」

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」

2015-2017年 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


title Non-scientific articles 論文等以外の執筆物

「2017年度第1回KVA-JSPSセミナーを終えて / Visiting Sweden for KVA-JSPS Seminar」(2017)
  JSPS Stockholm Newsletter

  日本進化学会ニュース 2017. Vol. 18 No. 2, p19-21

「軟骨魚類研究会 Shark In Tree の開催の報告」
  板鰓類研究会報 第51号 2015年10月

  実験医学 2015. Nov. 33 No. 9, p1408-1409 (News & Hot Paper Digest)

「第4回 Quest for Orthologs ミーティング参加記」
  日本進化学会ニュース 2015. Vol. 16 No. 2, p27-29

  日本進化学会ニュース 2012. Vol. 13 No. 2, p33-35

「SMBE 2011からの雑感」
  日本進化学会ニュース 2011. Vol. 12 No. 3, p44

  日本進化学会ニュース 2011. Vol. 12 No. 2, p48-51

「Geno-Evo-Devo 欧州学会紀行」
  日本進化学会ニュース 2011. Vol. 12 No. 1, p10-12

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