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Tatsuhiko Kadowaki


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1988 …2024

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After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Agricultural biochemistry, he pursued Master study in Biochemistry at Nagoya University (Japan) and PhD study in Cell Biology and Genetics at Case Western Reserve University (US). Subsequently, he worked at Harvard Medical School as the HHMI postdoctoral research fellow, and then Nagoya University, Stanford University, and UCSF as the JSPS postdoctoral research fellow. Upon his appointment to Nagoya University as Associate Professor, he has started studying honey bee and other Arthropod species as the model systems to understand Ecophysiology as well as host-pathogen/parasite interactions at molecular and cellular levels. Professor Kadowaki has published around 60 peer-reviewed papers. He has served as an editor for two journals and a panel for several research grant awarding bodies.

Research interests

Large-scale losses of managed European honey bee colonies have been recently reported in several developed countries. Honey bee pollination provides a critical ecosystem function that is also necessary for production of a variety of agricultural crops. Thus, prevention of honey bee colony losses is a central issue in the current apiculture. Although there are many potential causes for the observed declines, pathogens/parasites are considered major threats to the health of honey bees. There are different kinds of honey bee pathogens/parasites, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoans, and mites. We study the roles of host-pathogen/parasite interactions for honey bee diseases and characterize the genomes and transcriptomes of honey bee pathogens/parasites.

It is not completely established whether the novel phenotypes gained by natural selection have crucial roles for speciation. Adaptation of the animal species to local environment may have induced the changes in expression patterns (through the mutations in cis-regulatory elements) or channel properties (through the amino acid substitutions) of sensory proteins such as Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) channels and Ionotropic Receptors (IRs). This could be one of the driving forces for speciation. We try to understand relationship between the temperature and humidity preferences of various Arthropod species and the properties of their TRP channels and IRs responsible for thermo- and hygro-sensation. It will give insight into the evolutionary mechanisms of TRP channels and IRs underlying temperature and humidity adaptation.


Professor, Sep. 2018- Department of Biological Sciences, XJTLU

Associate Professor, Sep. 2011-Aug. 2018 Department of Biological Sciences, XJTLU

Associate Professor, Apr. 1999-Aug. 2011 Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University

Postdoctoral fellow, Jan. 1999-Mar. 1999 Department of Physiology, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine

JSPS research fellow, Jan. 1998-Dec. 1998 Department of Developmental Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Stanford University School of Medicine

JSPS research fellow, Apr. 1996-Dec. 1997 BioScience Center, Nagoya University

JSPS research fellow, Jan. 1996-Mar. 1996 Department of Genetics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Medical School

Postdoctoral fellow, Apr. 1994-Dec. 1995 Department of Genetics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Medical School

Postdoctoral fellow, Jan. 1994-Mar. 1994 Institute of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


Apr. 2000-Aug. 2011 Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (PG), Nagoya University

Apr. 2000-Aug. 2011 Advanced Molecular Biology, Nagoya University

Apr. 2006-Aug. 2011 Bioinformatics, Nagoya University

Apr. 2000-Aug. 2011 Laboratory Class of Biochemistry, Nagoya University

Apr. 2003-Aug. 2011 Basic Molecular Biology, Nagoya University

Apr. 2000-Aug. 2002 Basic Life Science, Nagoya University

Mar 2015-Present Research Methods in Post-Genomic Biology (BIO403, Shared Master module)

Mar 2012-Present Biochemical Messengers (BIO302, Shared module)

Mar 2012-June 2017 Structure and Dynamics of Biomolecules (BIO212)

Sep 2011-Present Gene Expression and Genome Analysis (BIO305)

Awards and honours

SIP (Suzhou Industrial Park) Jinji Lake Double-Hundred Talents Program 2011 (China)

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (1996-1998)

Suntory Scholarship for Graduate Students (1986-1988)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

MA, Nagoya University, 1988

PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 1994

Person Types

  • Staff


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