Our Research Interests

Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Evolutionary Genomics, Single-Cell Transcriptomics, Symbiosis

Current Projects

Genetic Regulation and Evolution of Symbiotic Cell States

Animal-algal endosymbiosis is a remarkable phenomenon in which microalgae reside within an animal host, establishing a close and often essential relationship. Successful symbiosis hinges on the precise orchestration of gene regulation between the host and the symbiont. To better understand this regulation, we are studying the genomic basis and transcriptional regulation for initiating and maintaining animal—algal symbiosis.

Research Directions:


*SPLiT-seq experiments are a collaboration with Jordi Solana.

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Selected Publications


Our research has been funded by a range of funders across the globe, including Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS, Japan), Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP, International), Royal Society (UK), Academia Sinica (Taiwan), and National Science and Technology Council (NSTC, Taiwan).

The current and past direct funding includes: