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Akira Kubota

Akira Kubota

Postdoctoral Fellow


Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellow for Reserach Abroad

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Ph.D. Ehime University, Japan, Environmental Toxicology, 2006

Research Interests

1. Use of zebrafish, model fish for environmental toxicology, to understand hydrophobic ligand receptor signaling pathways in regulation of cytochrome P450 (CYP) genes, and mechanisms of developmental toxicity caused by halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons, with particular attention to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular toxicities by dioxins.
2. Wildlife and avian toxicology to understand biological consequences of chronic exposure to environmental contaminants, including dioxins.
3. Functional characterization of hydrophobic ligand receptors and xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes to evaluate molecular mechanisms underlying species-specific responses and susceptibility to chemicals.
4. Assessment of the functional correlates occurring during the molecular evolution of CYP enzymes and their regulatory systems in phylogenetically important organisms.

Professional Experience

2012-present    JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad, Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
2011-2012        Visiting Investigator, Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
2010-2011        Postdoctoral Investigator, Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
2009-2010        JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
2007-2009        JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Veterinary Medicine, Rakuno Gakuen University, Japan
2006-2007        Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Marine Environmental Studies, Ehime University
2003-2006        JSPS Doctoral Fellow, Ehime University, Japan