Dr Toki Takahashi MD, PhD

Honorary Lecturer (Teaching & Research)

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Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences

I was originally a practising clinician as well as a research scientist in haematology and oncology at the University of Tokyo Hospital, Japan. During my research, I became more interested in the diversity of animal species as a result of modification of developmental process. Consequently, I joined the laboratory of Professor Peter Holland in 2001, where I focused on evolutionary developmental biology. Here in Manchester, my long-term scientific goal is to rejuvenate a comparative zoological approach to life science by bringing my two areas of expertise together.



1984-1990 MD: Faculty of Medicine, University of Tokyo

1990-1992 Resident: University of Tokyo Hospital and Tokyo Kosei Nenkin Hospital

1992-1996 PhD: Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo



1996-1999 Clinical Staff: Department of Haematology and Oncology, and Department of Transfusion, University of Tokyo Hospital

1999-1999 Postdoctoral Research Scientist (JSPS): Department of Haematology and Oncology, University of Tokyo

1999-2001 Assistant Professor: Department of Haematology and Oncology, University of Tokyo

- change in academic direction from Medicine to Biology at this point -

2001-2002 JSPS/Royal Society (London) Exchange Visitor: School of Animal and Microbial Sciences, University of Reading

2003-2006 Senior Research Fellow: Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

2007-pres. Lecturer in Anatomy: Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester

Areas of expertise

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains


  • Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Alx homeobox gene family, Comparative Genomics, Amphioxus

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