Now open for the registration! -Public workshops for junior high and high school students-

Recent Advances in Molecular Evolutionary Biology-
the origin and evolution of Cetaceans and Coelacanth

Lecturer: Dr. Masato Nikaido, Associate Professor of the Tokyo Institute of Technology


[Part 1] November 30th (Sat) 2:30pm-4:30pm

[Part 2] December 7th (Sat)     〃

Venue: Manai Tokyo Base @Ichigaya[Google MAP]

Target ages: 12 – 17 years old (Grade 7 – 12)

Participation fee: ¥3,000 / Part *cash only


*Please register your participation through the URL above.
*We recommend attending both parts.
*This workshop is limited to the first 10 registrants.

Evolutionary biology is a way to elucidate the mechanism and process of animal diversification that may help us better understand how to conserve the diversity of life on earth. In particular, the elucidation of the process of animal diversification (phylogenetic relationships) is the first and most important step in evolutionary biology. In this workshop, I focus on two topics in molecular phylogeny; 1. the origin of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and 2. the evolution of coelacanth, both of which were revealed by my research group through cutting-edge molecular biological techniques. I also talk about how to overcome the long-standing controversies and conflicts in academia by a young and still primitive scientist (or student).

[The titles of each topics]
1. The origin of cetaceans: the hippopotamus is the closest extant relatives of whales and dolphins.
2. Genetically distinct coelacanth population of the northern Tanzanian coast.


[Guest Lecturer] Dr. Masato Nikaido

Associate Professor of the Tokyo Institute of Technology