MISAKO OKUMURA

Last Updated :2017/09/01

Affiliations, Positions
Graduate School of Science, ., Assistant Professor
Web Site
E-mail
okumuramhiroshima-u.ac.jp
Other Contact Details
Kagamiyama 1-3-1, Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan
TEL : (+81)82-424-7445 FAX : (+81)
Self-introduction
I am interested in the diversity of behavior. Using nematodes as a model animal, I have been studying on the function, development and evolution of neural circuits that regulate diverse behaviors.

Basic Information

Major Professional Backgrounds

  • 2017/04/01, Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Science, Department of Biological Science, Assistant professor
  • 2016/05/01, 2017/03/19, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Department for Evolutionary Bilolgy, JSPS Overseas Research Fellow
  • 2015/05/20, 2016/04/30, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Department for Evolutionary Biology, Postdoctoral fellow
  • 2015/04/01, 2015/05/15, University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Research fellow
  • 2012/04/01, 2015/03/31, University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, JSPS Research Fellow

Educational Backgrounds

  • University of Tokyo, Graduate School of pharmaceutical Sciences, 2012, 2015
  • University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2010, 2012
  • University of Tokyo, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2008, 2010
  • University of Tokyo, 2006, 2008

Academic Degrees

  • The University of Tokyo
  • The University of Tokyo

Educational Activity

  • School of Science:Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science:Biological Science, Graduate School of Science:Biological Science

Research Fields

  • Biology;Biological Science;Molecular biology
  • Biology;Biological Science;Developmental biology
  • Biology;Basic biology;Evolutionary biology

Affiliated Academic Societies

Educational Activity

Course in Charge

  1. 2017, Liberal Arts Education Program1, First Semester, Introductory Seminar for First-Year Students
  2. 2017, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Practice for Fundamental Biology II
  3. 2017, Undergraduate Education, First Semester, Practice for Fundamental Biology III
  4. 2017, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , First Semester, Seminar for cell biology
  5. 2017, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Second Semester, Seminar for cell biology
  6. 2017, Graduate Education (Doctoral Program) , First Semester, Seminar for cell biology
  7. 2017, Graduate Education (Doctoral Program) , Second Semester, Seminar for cell biology

Research Activities

Academic Papers

  1. Assaying Predatory Feeding Behaviors in Pristionchus and Other Nematodes, Journal of Visualized Experiments, e54404
  2. Function of pioneer neurons specified by the basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor atonal in neural development, Neural Regeneration Research, 11(9), 1934-1935
  3. Hierarchical axon targeting of Drosophila olfactory receptor neurons specified by the proneural transcription factors Atonal and Amos, Genes to Cells, 21, 53-64
  4. A STRIPAK component Strip regulates neuronal morphogenesis by affecting microtubule stability, Scientific Reports, 5, 17769
  5. The roles of tubulin-folding cofactors in neuronal morphogenesis and disease, Neural Regeneration Research, 10(9), 1388-1389
  6. Linking Cell Surface Receptors to Microtubules: Tubulin Folding Cofactor D Mediates Dscam Functions during Neuronal Morphogenesis, The Journal of Neuroscience, 35(5), 1979-1990

Invited Lecture, Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation

  1. Serotonin is required for Efficient Predatory Feeding by Pristionchus pacificus Predators., Misako Okumura, Lightfoot, J.W., Wilecki, M., Sommer, R. J, C. elegans Topic Meeting: Neuronal development, Synaptic function and Behavior, 2016/08/27, Without Invitation, Nagoya, Japan
  2. Serotonin regulates dynamic feeding mode switching inducing predatory kinetics in Pristionchus pacificus., Misako Okumura, James W. Lightfoot, Martin Wilecki, Ralf J. Sommer, 20th International C.elegans meeting, 2015/06/24, Without Invitation, Los Angels, USA
  3. Tubulin folding cofactor D cooperates with Dscam during neuronal morphogenesis, Misako Okumura, Sakuma, C., Miura M., Chihara T, European Fly Neurobiology, 2014/10/05, Without Invitation, Crete, Greece
  4. Tubulin folding cofactor D regulates neuronal morphogenesis by mediating Dscam functions, Misako Okumura, Sakuma, C., Miura, M., Chihara, T, Japanese Drosophila Research Conference 11, 2014/06/04, Without Invitation, Kanazawa, Japan
  5. Linking cell surface receptor to microtubule: Tubulin folding cofactor D mediates Dscam functions during neuronal morphogenesis, Misako Okumura, Sakuma, C., Miura, M., Chihara, T, 55th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, 2014/03/26, Without Invitation, San Diego, USA
  6. Role of tubulin folding pathway in neurite morphogenesis of Drosophila olfactory projection neuron, Misako Okumura, Miura, M., Chihara, T, The 46th Annual Meeting for the Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists, 2013/05/28, Without Invitation, Matsue, Japan
  7. Role of PCP signal molecule Four-jointed in dendrite morphogenesis of olfactory projection neuron., Misako Okumura, Miura, M., Chihara, T, Japanese Drosophila Research Conference 10, 2012/10/13, Without Invitation, Tokyo, Japan
  8. PCP signal molecule Four-jointed is involved in dendrite morphogenesis of olfactory projection neuron, Misako Okumura, Miura, M., Chihara, T., 14th European Drosophila Neurobiology Meeting, 2012/09/03, Without Invitation, Padua, Italy
  9. Role of PCP signal molecule Four-jointed in dendrite targeting of Drosophila olfactory projection neuron, Misako Okumura, Miura, M., Chihara, T, Joint Meeting of The 45th Annual Meeting for the Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists and The 64th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Cell Biology, 2012/05/28, Without Invitation, Kobe, Japan
  10. Role of PCP protein Dachsous in the neural wiring of Drosophila olfactory system, Misako Okumura, Miura, M., Chihara, T, The 34th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society, 2011/09/14, Without Invitation, Yokohama, Japan
  11. Role of a PCP protein Dachsous in Dendritic Targeting of Olfactory Projection Neurons, Misako Okumura, Miura, M., Chihara, T., 1st Asia-Pacific Drosophila Research Conference, 2011/05/22, Without Invitation, Taipei, Taiwan
  12. PCP protein Dachsous is required for dendritic targeting of olfactory projection neurons in Drosophila, Misako Okumura, Miura, M., Chihara, T, The 44th Annual Meeting for the Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists, 2011/05/18, Without Invitation, Okinawa, Japan