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1 December 2020

Asia Genome Tao Center (AGTC) was inaugurated as Saitou Naruya as Center Director. Two databases, GenomeSync maintained by Dr. Kirill Kryukov and dbSNS maintained by Dr. INOUE Jun, are linked from this AGTC page. We hope to devote to Genome Tao.


17 October 2020

Google Scholar citation number of Saitou and Nei (1987) that proposed the neighbor-joining method exceeded 60,000.


4 September 2020

Prof. Saitou Naruya published one article in new category "Introduction of published book" of iDarwin titled "Darwin: An Introduction – Prospects for Modern Evolutionary Studies –". Book about Darwin published by Prof. Saitou in 2011 in Japanese was introduced.

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24 August 2020

Dr. Isaac Babarinde, who received Ph.D. from Saitou Laboratory, and Prof. Saitou Naruya published one paper in Genome Biology and Evolution:
The Dynamics, Causes, and Impacts of Mammalian Evolutionary Rates Revealed by the Analyses of Capybara Draft Genome Sequences

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29 July 2020

When this laboratory was established in National Institute of Genetics in 1964, laboratory head (Director, Division of Population Genetics) was Dr. KIMURA Motoo (1924-1994), who proposed the neutral theory of evolution in 1968. He published Iwanami Shinsho (booklet) “Thinking organismal evolution” (in Japanese) from Iwanami Shoten, Tokyo in 1988. This book is now translated into English by National Institute of Genetics Professor emeritus TATENO Yoshio and University of Tokyo Faculty of Science Professor emeritus AOKI Ken-ichi and was published from Springer Evolutionary Studies Series (Series Editor: SAITOU Naruya) as “My thoughts on biological evolution”. National Institute of Genetics Professor emeritus OHTA Tomoko wrote preface of this book. Our Population Genetics Laboratory is honored on publication of this book.
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16 July 2020

Paper on estimation of one-humped camel history based on genome analysis was published in Communications Biology (Prof. Saitou coauthored this paper): Web site

July 2020

Dr. Kirill Kryukov joined Saitou Lab from Tokai University.

May 2020

Dr. Inoue Jun moved to Genetic Research Section, Center for Earth Surface System Dynamics, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo.

1 January 2020

Professor Saitou Naruya's laboratory name and Department name were changed according to organizational change of National Institute of Genetics.

Old: Division of Population Genetics, Department of Population Genetics
New: Population Genetics Laboratory, Department of Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

Professor SAITOU became head of Department of Genomics and Evolutionary Biology.


July 2019

Dr. Suzuki Rumiko joined Saitou Lab from OITA University.

April 2019

Dr. Kairat Dossybayev and Dr. Gulnur Zhunussova  joined Saitou Lab as post-doc fellow. They are both from Kazakhstan.

April 2019

Dr. Inoue Jun joined Saitou Lab from OIST.

February 2019

Ms Alba Bossoms Mesa, MS course student  joined Saitou Lab as visiting student. She is from Spain.

July 8th-12th 2018

SMBE annual meeting will be held in Yokohama, Japan this year. Prof. Saitou is one of organizing committee members.
Jun 2nd 2018

We will have special symposium to celebrate over 50,000 Google Scholar citations of Saitou & Nei's (1987) neighbor-joining method paper at National Institute of Genetics. Twenty researchers will present their studies.

April 18th-20th 2018

Prof. Saitou will give an invited talk "Genome diversity is central to natural history studies"at "AsiaEvo Conference" in Sheraton Dameisha Resort, Shenzhen, China.

March 17th 2018

Prof. Saitou will give an invited talk "Swift neighbor-joining method for massive genome sequence data."at "Schull Institute Annual Conference and Scholars Program" in Center for Science and Health Professions Building, University of St. Thomas, Houston, USA.

February 6th 2018
Saitou and Nei (1987; Molecular Biology and Evolution, vol. 4, pp. 406-425), which proposed neighbor-joining method based on Ph.D. work conducted by Professor Saitou at Univ. Texas at Houston, exceeded 50,000 citations according to Google Scholar.
November 11th 2017

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "First Sundaland People and their relationship with Denisovan and East Asian."at "The Landscape of Genetic Variants in Asian Founder Populations - from Near to Far East" in Kochi, Kerala, India.

November 7th 2017

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Distance Matrix Methods for Reconstruction of Population History."at " Mahalanobis D2  and Later Developments in Understanding Population Relationships & Structure" in Kolkata, India.

October 31th 2017

Dr. Masatoshi Matsunam & Prof. Saitou's paper was published in Data in Brief (advance online)Go to Journal website.

September 13th - 15th, 2017

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Emergence of conserved noncoding sequences in primate genomes." at "Evolution in the time of genome architecture (EMBO Workshop)" in Naples, Italy.

July 11th 2017

Dr. Timothy A. Jinam's paper  was  published in Genome Biology and Evolution. Go to Journal website 

July 2nd - 6th, 2017

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Characteristics of evolutionarily conserved noncoding regions in vertebrate genomes." at "SMBE2017 (Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution 2017) " in Austin, USA.

June 21st - 22nd, 2017

"The 15th Korea-Japan-China Bioinformatics Symposium" was held in Seoul, Korea.

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Genomic history of modern humans in East Eurasia".

June 19th 2017

Saber and Saitou's paper  was  published in Genome Biology and Evolution. Go to Journal website 

March 27 - 29 2017

NIG International Symposium Genome Evolution at Mishima was held in NIG.

March 15th - 19th, 2017

 “Human evolution in Eurasia elucidated through genetics, archeology, and linguistics” was held in NIG.

September 1st 2016

We determined partial nuclear genome DNA sequences of Jomon people for the first time, and paper was published in Journal of Human Genetics. *PDF*

August 20 2016

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Evolutionarily conserved noncoding sequence in eukaryotes." at The 14th CJK Bioinformatics Training Course & Symposium in China.

June 12 2016

Saber et al.’s paper  was  published in Genome Biology and Evolution. Go to Journal website 

June 1 2016

Kimura Motoo Award Ceremony and Symposium was held in Tokyo. 

April 4 2016

Prof. Saitou and Dr. Jinam gave invited talks at The 13th International Congress of Human Genetics in Kyoto.  

April 2016

Springer recently started "Evolutionary Studies" series, and Prof. Saitou is editor of this series.

March 22 - 23 2016

Germany & Japan Workshop on Evolutionary Genomics was held at National Institute of Genetics.

March 2016

Mr BABARINDE Isaac Adeyemi and Ms HETTIARACHCHI Nilmini Nadeeka received Ph.D. from Department of Genetics, SOKENDAI.

February 22 2016

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Characteristics of evolutionarily conserved noncoding regions in mammalian genomes" at Shanghai Center for Bioinformation Technology in China.

February 22 2016

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "First people who reached Sundaland during ice age" at CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology (PICB) in China.

November 17-18 2015

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Big eukaryote genomes contain many regions for gene expression control" at P.A.S. Workshop "Big Data and Science: Relevance of Computational Sciences for Data Collection in Vatican.

August 20-23 2015

Five people(TIMOTHY Adrian Jinam, HETTIARACHCHI Nilmini Nadeeka, BABARINDE Isaac Adeyemi, Mahmoudi Saber MORTEZA, Shayire SHOKAT)attended 17th Annual Meeting of Society of Evolutionary Studies  in Japan.

August 10 - 12 2015

NIG and OIST held a “Evolutionary Bioinformatics” symposium. For details, please see Symposium Home Page Home Page in Korea

July 12-16 2015

Five people (Prof. Saitou,Timothy Jinam,Nilmini Hettiarachchi,Isaac Babarinde,Mahmoudi Saber MORTEZA)  attended SMBE2015 Vienna meeting.

December 2 2014

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Inferring possible contacts between Denisovan and some ancestors of modern East Eurasians." at RNMH2014 in Hokkaido.

November 8 2014

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Characteristics of evolutionarily conserved noncoding regions in eukaryote genomes." at ISEGB 2014 (International Symposium on Evolutionary Genomics and Bioinformatics 2014) in Tainan.

September 14 2014

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Introduction to evolutionary genomics." at Otto Warburg International Summer School and Research Symposium on Comparative and Evolutionary Genomics [PICB] in Shanghai.

September 13 2014

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Characteristics of evolutionarily conserved protein noncoding regions in eukaryote genomes." at Otto Warburg International Summer School and Research Symposium on Comparative and Evolutionary Genomics [PICB] in Shanghai.

July 29 2014

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Genomic DNA analyses of modern and ancient people on Japanese Archipelago." at Migrations and Transfers in Prehistory: Asian and Oceanic Ethnolinguistic Phylogeography in Bern.

July 11 2014

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "The history behind hominization, hominids' evolution, tissue differentiation and intelligence." at 2nd ISSOL-the International Astrobiology Society and Bioastronomy ( IAU Commission 51) Joint International Conference (Origins 2014) in Nara.

June 19 2014

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Introduction to Evolutionary Genomics" at The 12th Korea-Japan-China Bioinformatics Training Course 2014 in Korea.

May 18 2014

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "From DNA to Myth: Deciphering history of Japonesian based on genetic data and possible connection with Japanese myths" at IUAES 2014 with JASCA in Chiba.

March 21 2014

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Genome history of Japonesian" at Symposium on "Dispersion of People, Crops, and Language: Focusing on Millets in Asia" in National Institute for the Humanities in Tokyo.

March 16 2014

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Neutral Mutations and Purifying Selection Dominate Genome Evolution"at SMBE Satellite Meeting/NIG International Symposium:THE CAUSES OF GENOME EVOLUTION in Mishima.

March 10 2014

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk "Genomic history of East Eurasian human populations based on modern and ancient DNA data" at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

February 14 2014

Prof. Saitou just published "Introduction to Evolutionary Genomics" from Springer.

February 2~3th 2014

SOKENDAI Symposium -Modern Human Diversity on Genes and Culture
with special reference to Asia and Oceania -was held at Graduate University for Advanced Studies.

January 16 2014

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk at The 20th Congress of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association held in Cambodia.

November 27th 2013

Ms. Xiayire Xiaokaiti from China joined Saitou Lab as special student of Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI).

November 8th 2013

Workshop "Molecular Evolution at All Fields of Biology" was held at National Institute of Genetics.

October 8th 2013

Prof. Saitou gave an invited talk at the 3rd Annual Next Generation Sequencing Asia Congress 2013 held in Singapore. 

July 2013

Four people (Prof. Saitou, Dr. Kryukov, Mr. Kanzawa, and Mr. Babarinde)  attended SMBE2013 Chicago meeting.

April 2013

Mr. Mahmoudi Saber MORTEZA from Iran joined Saitou Lab as special student of Univ. Tokyo Graduate School of Science with MEXT scholarship.

April 2012

Dr. Matsunami Masatoshi, who received Ph.D. from Department of Genetics of SOKENDAI in March 2012, became post-doctoral fellow at Hokkaido University.

April 2012

Dr. Timothy Jinam became post-doctoral fellow at Inoue Lab of NIG.

September 2011

Mr. Timothy Jinam of Saitou Lab received Ph.D. from Department of Genetics of SOKENDAI.

July 2011

Dr. Takahashi Mahoko became post-doctoral fellow at Sidow Lab of Stanford University, U.S.A.

April 2011

Dr. Suzuki Rumiko became post-doctoral fellow at Yamaoka Lab of Oita University School of Medicine.

March 2011

Ms Takahashi Mahoko of Saitou Lab received Ph.D. from Department of Genetics of SOKENDAI.

September 2010

Ms Suzuki Rumiko of Saitou Lab received Ph.D. from Department of Genetics of SOKENDAI.

April 2010

Dr. Ishibashi Minaka became post-doctoral fellow at Becker Lab of Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Australia. 

March 2010

Ms Masuyama Waka and Ms Ishibashi Minaka received Ph.D. from Department of Genetics of SOKENDAI.

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SAITOU, Naruya
Professor, Population Genetics Laboratory, National Institute of Genetics
Professor (concurrent),Department of Genetics, School of Life Science,Graduate University for Advanced Studies
Professor (concurrent), Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo

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Postal Address: 1111 Yata, Mishima, 411-8540, Japan

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