Ph.D. in Bioresource Science 2006.10 － 2008.9
The Untied Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tottori University
M.S. in Bioresource Science 2004.10 － 2006.9
Graduate School of Life and Environmental Science, Shimane University
B.S. in Applied Chemistry 2000.9 － 2004.6
Department of Applied Chemistry, College of Science, China Agricultural University
Major Research Interests ◆ Mode of action of Insecticides on pests and parasitoids ◆ Physiology, signaling and pharmacology of insect G-protein coupled receptors ◆ Interactions between the nervous and immune systems in insects Insect neurotransmitters (acetylcholine, dopamine, octopamine, tyramine, serotonin, histamine, glutamate, γ-aminobutyric acid and a range of peptides) play crucial roles in regulating various insect behaviors, such as learning, foraging, circadian thythm, aggression, arousal, locomotion and defence. Their corresponding receptors are important and potential targets for insecticides due to the differences in pharmacology profiles from their mammalian counterparts. However, genuine physiological or biochemical functions can be assigned to very few of above receptors. With approaches of molecular biology, pharmacology, electrophysiology and neurobiology, we want to find out the specific roles of these receptors in vivo and develop cell-based assays for neuroreceptor-targeted insecticides. Besides, we are also interested in the mode of actions of novel insecticides such as tetronic acid and diamide insecticides on pests and parasitoids. Furthermore, we aimed to figure out the interactions between the nervous and immune systems in insects.