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Shinobu Yasuo Last modified date:2023.12.06

Professor / Animal & Marine Bioresource Sciences
Department of Bioresource Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture

Graduate School
Undergraduate School

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Academic Degree
Ph.D (agriculture)
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Chronobiology, Animal Physiology, Neuroscience
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
In organisms living in temperate zones, various biological functions are regulated by seasonal changes in environment (i.e., photoperiod), including metabolism, immune functions, stress responses, affect, and reproduction. The photoperiodic responses are associated with the circadian clock (internal clock) and its main output hormones, melatonin or glucocorticoids. We are trying to clarify the molecular mechanisms of photoperiodic responses, focusing on brain and peripheral organs of mammmals by means of molecular, morphological, physiological, and functional techniques. This study is important for not only the control of animal production but also therapeutic target for the seasonal affective disorder in human.
Disruption of the circadian clock by irregular light-dark cycles, e.g., shift work or irregular light exposure, is a serious problem in the world. Numerous studies report that the circadian disruption increases risk of many diseases such as cancer. We are trying to identify functional nutrients that can ameliorate or prevent the circadian disruption caused by irregular light-dark cycles, and to clarify the effect of dietary rhythms on the clock-associated physiology and behavior.
Research Interests
  • Studies on cyclic environment and stress physiology
    keyword : stress, environmental enrichment, brain
  • Mechanisms controlling photoperiodic responses in metabolism and mood
    keyword : metabolism, stress, seasonal affective disorder, brain
  • Effect of photoperiod during early life stages on learning, memory, neurodevelopment, and metabolism in adulthood.
    keyword : photoperiodism, neurogenesis, neuronal network, affective behaviors, body weight, metabolism
  • Effect of dietary rhythms on brain functions
    keyword : Dietary rhythm, mouse, behavior, neuron
  • Chrononutritional studies on the circadian disruption: approach using chronic jet lag mice
    keyword : circadian disruption, chronic jet lag, mouse
  • Search of amino acids that affect the circadian clock
    keyword : amino acids, circadian clock, mouse
Academic Activities
Membership in Academic Society
  • Japan Society of Nutrition and Food Science
  • Japanese Society for Chronobiology
  • The Japanese Society for Amino Acid Sciences
  • Japanese Society of Animal Science
  • Warm Regional Society of Animal Science, Japan
Educational Activities
I am in charge of cell biology, animal physiology, or animal husbandry management for undergraduates, and regulatory biology and related seminars for graduates.