Lab web site: https://sites.google.com/view/innanlab
Google Scholar Citations: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=6wnEbLsAAAAJ
Our research interest is the analysis of the process of evolution at the DNA level. For example, the DNA sequences of two humans average one base difference per approximately 1000 bases. This is equivalent to 1/10 to 1/15 of the base differences between humans and chimpanzees. The type of evolutionary model that can explain such differences needs to be discovered. In particular, our aim is to clarify when, where (in genomes), and how Darwinian natural selection has worked and how it has contributed to the formation of diverse species. Research methods include theoretical approaches, data analysis, and simple experiments. I myself have been long engaged in theoretical studies, but our laboratory also conducts data analysis and experiments. Our subject organisms range from bacteria and enzymes to plants and animals. We place primary importance on the education of students to foster outstanding young researchers in this discipline. Each member of the laboratory is expected to take the initiative to independently study a topic of his/her choice. No restrictions are placed on research topics (and subject organisms), as long as the topics are related to DNA evolution. Our laboratory works on a wide range of research topics, e.g. adaptive evolution, gene duplication, horizontal gene transfer, sexual evolution, and theoretical analysis of population genetics.