We address evolutionary and ecological questions in integrated biological sciences by exploiting novel genomics tools and systems biology. New theoretical tools in statistical genomics and systems biology facilitate the analysis of large quantitative data obtained under both laboratory and field conditions. In particular, next-generation sequencers initially developed for medical purposes facilitate the study of the adaptive variation of ecological 'keystone' species even though they are 'non-model' with little prior genomic information. Our interests include the evolution of mating systems, ecological speciation of polyploids, and gene expression in natural populations.
Head of group: Prof. Dr. Kentaro K. Shimizu
- the evolution of self-compatibility in Arabidopsis thaliana by a mutation in the male specificity gene
- predicting the flowering gene expression level in naturally fluctuating environment
- network merging analysis of duplicate genome function in recently hybridized species (Young Investigator Award 2011, Human Frontier Science Program)
- genetic, epigenetic and population genetic changes following the speciation by genome duplication (polyploidization)
- molecular population genetics of tropical trees
- whole genome duplication in molluscs
- bacterial activity in the insectivorous pitcher plant Nepenthes
Our research projects are described in the research database of the university.
- 04 May 2017. Lab excursion to the National Museum Zurich and the Botanical Garden.
- 17 March 2017. Suzuki Award for Dr. Eri Yamasaki.
- February & July 2016. Lab excursion to Heuberge, GR and Brissago, TI.
- 10 December 2015. Prof. Dr. Kentaro Shimizu was selected for NISTEP Award (PDF in Japanese) (Award for nice step researchers) from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan.
- 20 November 2015. Science Channel by Japan Science and Technology Agency “Mystery of evolution studied by whole genome analysis” by Prof. Dr. Kentaro Shimizu, Dr. Reiko Akiyama, Dr. Masaomi Hatakeyama, 2015 (Caption in English, spoken in Japanese).
- 09-17 March 2015. (seven chapters). National Geogaphic Web reported "Series Visiting laboratories: Prof. Kentaro Shimizu, Evolutionary and Ecological Genomics, University of Zurich" (in Japanese reported by Hiroto Kawabata)
- 08 January 2015. Sophisticated system prevents self-fertilization in petunias (2015-01-08), Dr. Timothy Paape, Prof. Kentaro K. Shimizu, UZH Mediadesk
- 03 April 2014. Prof. Kentaro Shimizu became a Faculty of 1000 member in Developmental Biology.
- 20 January 2014. Prof. Kentaro Shimizu at the kick-off ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) and the Faculty of Science.
- 08 September 2013. The cover picture of a Molecular Ecology issue and a Perspective Article
featured a paper by a PhD student Masaki Kobayashi studying synchronous flowering in tropical forest using next-generation sequencing.
- 22 May 2013. Our genomic research on a tropical tree was highlighted in News Release of the University of Zurich.
Drought makes Borneo's trees flower at the same time (English)
Trockenheit bringt Borneos Bäume gleichzeitig zum Blühen (German)
- 20 March 2012. A PhD student Masaki Kobayashi received "The Most Outstanding Poster Award of the Royal Society of London" at the Joint meeting of the 59th Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of Japan and the 5th EAFES international congress East Asian Federation of Ecological Societies.
- 31 March 2011. Prof. Dr. Kentaro Shimizu was awarded one of the eleven Young Investigator Awards 2011 of Human Frontier Science Program as the main PI.
- 07 July 2010. Dr. Takashi Tsuchimatsu brought for the first time to a Swiss University
Walter M. Fitch Award of the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution
- 07 June 2010. Our research was highlighted in News Release of the University of Zurich.
Plant memory in changing and fluctuating climates (English)
Temperatur-Gedächtnis der Pflanzen dauert sechs Wochen (German)
- 18 April 2010. Our Nature paper was highlighted in News Release of the University of Zurich.
Self-fertilization in response to climate change (English)
Selbstbefruchtung als Folge des Klimawandels(German)