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Let's take a closer look at the marine invertebrate world!

One of the most beautiful, interesting and mysterious animals in the sea is jellyfish. People enjoy seeing this animal in a photograph, aquarium, and even underwater. At the same time, it is also one of the most dangerous and troublesome animals in the sea. Fishermen have a trouble because their fishing nets are often filled with jellyfish jellies which are going to be waste. Sometimes people are killed by a jellyfish during swimming.

But jellyfish is not only like that with us.

In the wild, jellyfish plays a role of important food for fish and shellfish. Many fish juveniles and lobster larvae are known to rely on jellyfish for nutrients. Jellyfish contains proteins and fats which are essential for fish and shellfish to survive and grow. Even in a tank, these animals can be grown with feeding only on jellyfish.

We are studying the role of jellyfish in the wild as well as the way of utilising jellyfish in fish and shellfish aquaculture. No one have tried to utilise jellyfish in the aquaculture field so far, even though jellyfish is known to contain good nutrients. Our research could be a big challenge, but will bring us a great outcome. Let's have a great and exciting research together!

Our current interest

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Job opening for postdoctoral researcher (deadline: 20 April, 2018)

term of appointment: 1 August, 2018 to 31 March, 2019. Date of commencement is negotiable. The contract may be renewed in consideration of the employee's work performance.

We wish to invite candidates with extensive experiences and knowledge in biology, fisheries and/or aquaculture of commercially important aquatic animals. Successful candidate will work in an interdisciplinary research project consisting of taxonomic, physiological, and ecological studies to develop aquaculture techniquesfor spiny and slipper lobsters.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree before the proposed commencement date. Japanese language skill is not required if having advanced English speaking and writing skills.

For more information, please go to our university website for Job Opening.

Call for master students

Master course in our laboratory is suitable for students who are interested in taxonomy, developmental biology, aquaculture, biodiversity, and evolution of marine invertebrates. Students are able to concentrate on a 2-year research project using multiple techniques of culture system, microscopic analyses, gene analyses, biochemical analyses, and so on. Some of our research projects are a part of international collaboration.

Official language in this laboratory is English. Prospective students must have advanced English speaking and writing skills.

Students who have experiences of studying marine biology, aquaculture, and the related fields are most encouraged to enroll. Highly motivated students who do not have any related background are also welcome.


Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in joining us.

Dr. Kaori Wakabayashi (profile)

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