Research Interests

​In the Comparative Genomics and Genetics (CGG) Laboratory, we are searching for industrially useful genes and gene products from an enormous variety of microbes such as bacteria and planktons in the Red Sea.  We isolate a huge amount of DNAs directly from the sea water samples to obtain the genomic information.  Inferring functions and structures of genes from comparisons of the genomic information between different species, we try to discover novel genes and proteins.  We also work on genetic basis of diseases such as diabetes and cancer by comparisons of human genomes among different individuals. 

Our experimental works and bioinformatic analyses of big data can be applied for discoveries of new drugs and biofuels as well as early diagnosis and prevention of the genetic diseases.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

​Ph.D., Theoretical Population Genetics, Kyusu University, Japan, 1979

Professional Profile

​2015-present: Adjunct Professor, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

2013-present: Project Professor, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Japan

2013-present: Visiting Professor, Nihon University, Mishima, Japan

2013-present: Visiting Professor, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan

2012-present: Project Professor, Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan


​2015 Associate member of EMBO

2014 Honorary Doctorate by the National Cheng Kung University from Taiwan

2012 Fellow of the TWAS

2012 Member of Academia Europea

2009 The Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Government of Japan

2007 Academician Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Vatican

2006 Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

2006 Fellow of the AAAS

KAUST Affiliations