Functional Anatomy


The predecessor of our laboratory was started to deal with the livestock science on 1921 and one of the oldest laboratories in the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University. Since 1948, our laboratory has mainly studied and educated about the anatomy, histology and cell biology of the domestic animals. Nowadays, our principal research theme is the elucidation of taste transduction systems in the domestic animals. Powerful laboratory equipments, such as confocal laser-scanning microscope system, cell culture apparatus and patch clamp device, help us to achieve this theme at the points of view of morphology, molecular biology and electrophysiology. It will lead to develop more efficient feeding system in the animal husbandry. As another research theme, we are also interested in the cell biology in the endocrine and exocrine organs, especially about the cell differentiation and classification in the adenohypophyseal cells and formation mechanism of the extracellular environment in the liver.


Taste sense, Adenohypophysis, Liver, Mammals and birds, Ca2+ imaging, Cell culture, Immunohistochemistry, Patch clamp.

Research Theme

  1. The taste transduction systems in the domestic animals demonstrated with the immuno-histochemical methods.
  2. The mechanism of the cytoplasmic Ca2+increase investigated with the imaging techniques and the relating receptors.
  3. Differentiation and development of adenohypophysis.
  4. The architecture and development of collagen fiber constructions in the liver.


Shoji TABATA  Ph.D., M.Sc.
Shotaro NISHIMURA  Ph.D., M.Sc.
Fuminori KAWABATA  Ph.D., M.Sc.


Location6-10-1 Hakozaki Higashi-ku Fukuoka 812-8581 JAPAN
Functional Anatomy, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University
(Faculty of Agriculture Building 1, Hakozaki Campus)
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