Research Interests

​Origin of nervous system. Hydra is evolutionally one of the first organisms that invented nervous system. We are interested in primitive but fundamental traits of their nervous system.


Selected Publications

  • Remodeling of retrotransposon elements during epigenetic induction of adult visual cortical plasticity by HDAC inhi...
    A. Lennartsson, E. Arner, M. Fagiolini, A. Saxena, R. Andersson, H. Takahashi, Y. Noro, J....
    Epigenetics Chromatin., 8:55, PMID: 26673794, (2015)
  • Deep transcriptome profiling of mammalian stem cells supports a regulatory role for retrotransposons in pluripotenc...
    A. Fort, K. Hashimoto, D. Yamada, M. Salimullah, CA Keya, A. Saxena, A. Bonetti, I. Voinea...
    Nat Genet. Issue 6, 558-66, (2014)
  • A small molecule screen identifies a novel compound that induces a homeotic transformation in Hydra
    KM Glauber, CE Dana, SS Park, DA Colby, Y Noro, T Fujisawa, AR Chamberlin, RE Steele.
    Development. Issue 23, 4788-96, (2013)
  • Trehalose-enhanced isolation of neuronal sub-types from adult mouse brain.
    A. Saxena, A. Wagatsuma, Y. Noro, Y. Kuji T, A. Asaka-Oba, A. Watahiki, C. Gurnot, M. Fagi...
    Biotechniques. Issue 6, 381-5, (2012)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Natural Science, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Kanagawa, Japan, 2007
  • M.Sc., Basic Natural Science, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan, 1989
  • B.Sc., Liberal Arts, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan, 1987 

Professional Profile

  • 2014-Present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013-2014: Research Scientist, Riken Division of Genomic Technologies, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 2012-2013: Research Scientist, Riken Brain Science Institute, Saitama, Japan
  • 2008-2012: Postdoctoral Fellow, Riken Omics Science Center, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 2007-2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas, USA