1) Molecular basis of regulation of the critical period for vocal
(DNA methylation and histone modification)
Gene manipulaion using virus expression system
Next generation sequencing
Cell type-specific gene manipulation
2) Vocal learning and production of species-specific
Evolution of species-specific vocal patterns
Species-specifically regulated genes
cis-/trans- transcriptional regulation
Cortical-basal ganglia loop
3) Adaptation of songbirds as an animal model for vocal
To students living abroad who wish to conduct research in our laboratory,
1) When you contact by email, please thoroughly read the information provided at https://www2.sci.hokudai.ac.jp/faculty/en/researcher/kazuhiro-wada
and also review the published papers from our laboratory listed at
Please clearly state "what questions you have and what kind of research you would like to conduct."
2) Even if you wish to start from a master's program, I strongly recommend entering after a period as a research student.
3) As a basic policy, my laboratory does not accept students directly into the doctoral program without having conducted research at the master's study in my lab.
Especially, I’ｍ looking forward to hearing from candidate students who have expertise and experience in the following experimental techniques:
a) Proficient in general molecular biology experiments.
(Including PCR, in-situ hybridization, Western blotting, cell culturing, etc.)
b) Experience in conducting bioinformatics analysis (using R, Linux, Python, etc.).