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東山 大毅 博士(理学)

HIGASHIYAMA, Hiroki  Ph.D

Studying of the evolutionary developmental biology of vertebrates with interest in the complex morphology of living organisms.

In his 1794 poem 'The Tyger,' William Blake admired the fearful symmetry of the tiger burning brightly in the forests of the night and reflected on the mechanism behind it. Although it is not easy for me to comprehend the depth of this passage, I think nothing could express more vividly my motivation to study the morphological evolution of animals, at least in a literal sense. My interest has always been in the morphology of complex structures, especially for animals. Whenever I dissect animals, I am always amazed at the sophisticated connections of the vascular, nervous and musculoskeletal systems that form the living organism. The wonder that these animal bodies arise from a single zygote and that they have evolved through generations is what I find most awe-inspiring and wish to understand.

Motivated by the above, I am working on the major evolutionary events of vertebrate morphology, such as the craniofacial-, cardiac-, and hepatobiliary systems, using comparative embryology, developmental genetics, and palaeontological methods.

 Most of my research has been focused on explaining character evolution as phenomenological descriptions. I am currently trying to understand the evolution of complex morphology in a more mechanistic way by using several developmental biology techniques.


 Employments and educations

  • 2020-04 to Present      
    ・Postdoctoral Researcher, 
        Department of Physiological Chemistry and Metabolism, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
  • 2017-04 to 2020-03
    ・JSPS Superlative Postdoctoral Fellow (SPD),
        Department of Physiological Chemistry and Metabolism, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
  • 2014-04 to 2017-03 
    ・Project Researcher,
        Department of Veterinary Anatomy, The University of Tokyo
  • 2011-04 to 2014-03
     ・Graduate student (Ph. D)
     ・JSPS Doctoral Research Fellow (DC 1)
           Department of Biology, Graduate School of Science, Kobe University
  • 2009-04 to 2011-03 
     ・Graduate student (M. Sc)
        Department of Biology, Graduate School of Science, Kobe University
  • 2005-04 to 2009-03
     ・Under graduate student (B. Sc)
          Collage of Biological Science, University of Tsukuba


Teaching career

  • 2022-09 to 2023-03.   "Animal body and evolution A/B" Musashino Art University (Part-time Lecturer)
  • 2021-09 to 2022-03.     "Animal body and evolution A/B" Musashino Art University (Part-time Lecturer)
  • 2019-09 to 2020-03.    "Vertebrate Anatomy II-A/B" Musashino Art University (Part-time Lecturer) 
  • 2017-09 to 2018-03.     "Animal body and evolution A/B" Musashino Art University (Part-time Lecturer)



Overseas research activities

  • 2018-06. Paleontological research at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany
  • 2018-07. Paleontological -and histological research at Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany


【Contact】

Department of Physiological Chemistry and Metabolism,
Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo.
7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, JAPAN

Email: higashiyama.hiroki(at)gmail.com

information: ORCID/ ResearchgateResearchmap


Fundings

  (co-investigator)

  • Combing Paleontology and Developmental Biology to Understand Skull Evolution in Turtles
    German Research Foundation (Bonn). 2019-01-01 to present
    GRANT_NUMBER: 415747545
  • 頭蓋骨解剖学体系の枠組みから外れた未知の新奇形質「耳舌骨」の多角的解明
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Tokyo). 2018-04 to 2022-03
    GRANT_NUMBER: 18KK0207


Awards

  • 2022年     Young Scientist Initiative Award, SESJ (Society of Evolutionary Studies, Japan)
  • 2018年8月     若手口頭発表優秀賞, 日本進化学会
  • 2017年            Reinhard Rieger-Award in zoomorphology
  • 2016年         奨励賞, 日本獣医解剖学会
  • 2015年6月  優秀ポスター賞, 第15回東京大学生命科学シンポジウム
  • 2012年9月  Poster Award (Silver Prize), The 11th RIKEN CDB Retreat
  • 2012年9月  Young Investigator's Poster Award, The 11th RIKEN CDB Retreat