SICB Division of Evolutionary Developmental Biology (DEDB)

DEDB Researchers Database Entry

Shigeru Kuratani

Developmental understanding of evolutionary novelties
My research group aims to understand the developmental background for some evolutionarily new structure and patterns. Our research strategy is to manipulate gene expression to alter the developmental pattern of model animals, to phenocopy the morphological pattern of interest. Evolution of the turtle carapace, mammalian middle ear ossicles, transition from agnathan to gnathostome states, and wing patterns of moths are the focuses of our interests.