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Recent publications:

  1. Hou, M., Akhtar, M. S., Hayashi, M., Ashino, R., Matsumoto-Oda, A., Hayakawa, T., Ishida, T, Melin, A. D., Imai, H. and Kawamura, S. (2024 Apr 11). Reduction of bitter taste receptor gene family in folivorous colobine primates relative to omnivorous cercopithecine primates. Primates, 65: Online.
  2. Kawamura, S. (2024 Jan). Through cross-disciplinary collaboration. Primates, 65 (1): 7-13.
  3. Sakamoto, S., Matsushita, Y., Itoigawa, A., Ezawa, T., Fujitani, T., Takakura, K., Zhou, Y., Zhang, G., Grutzner, F., Kawamura, S. and Hayakawa, T. (2024 Jan 2). Color vision evolution in egg-laying mammals: insights from visual photoreceptors and daily activities of Australian echidnas. Zoological Letters, 10: 2.
  4. Suire, A., Kunita, I. Harel, R., Crofoot, M., Mutinda, M., Kamau, M., Hassel, J. M., Murray, S., Kawamura, S., Matsumoto-Oda, A. (2023 Nov 8). Estimating individual exposure to predation risk in group-living baboons, Papio Anubis. PLoS ONE, 18(11): e0287357.
  5. Hiramatsu, C., Takashima, T., Sakaguchi, H., Chen, X., Tajima, S., Seno, T. and Kawamura, S. (2023 Sep 13). Influence of colour vision on attention to, and impression of, complex aesthetic images. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 290 (2006): 20231332.
  6. Melin, A. D., Veilleux, C. C., Janiak, M. C., Hiramatsu, C., Sanchez-Solano, K. G., Lundeen, I. K., Webb, S. E., Williamson, R. E., Mah, M. A., Murillo-Chacon, E., Schaffner, C. M., Hernandez-Salazar, L., Aureli, F. and Kawamura, S. (2022 Aug 31) Anatomy and dietary specialization influence sensory behaviour among sympatric primates. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 289 (1981): 20220847.
  7. Munds, R. A., Cooper, E., Janiak, M. C., Lam, L. G., DeCasien, A., Surratt, S. B., Montague, M., Martinez, M., Cayo-Biobank-Research-Unit, Kawamura, S., Higham, J. P. and Melin, A. D. (2022 Aug) Variation and heritability of retinal cone ratios in a free-ranging population of rhesus macaques. Evolution, 76 (8): 1776-1789..
  8. Akhtar, M. S., Ashino, R., Oota, H., Ishida, H., Niimura, Y., Touhara, K., Melin, A. D. and Kawamura, S. (2022 Jul 22) Genetic variation of olfactory receptor gene family in a Japanese population. Anthropological Science, 130 (2): 93-106..
  9. Wikberg, E. C., Jack, K. M., Campos, F. A., Bergstrom, M. L., Kawamura, S. and Fedigan, L. M. (2022 Jul) Should I stay or should I go now: Dispersal decisions and reproductive success in male white-faced capuchins (Cebus imitator). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 76 (7): 88..
  10. Toda, Y., Hayakawa, T., Itoigawa, A., Kurihara, Y., Nakagita, T., Hayashi, M., Ashino, R., Melin, A. D., Ishimaru, Y., Kawamura, S., Imai, H., and Misaka, T. (2021 Oct 25) Evolution of the primate glutamate taste sensor from a nucleotide sensor. Current Biology, 31 (20): 4641-4649.e5. Correction (2021 Oct 25). Current Biology 31 (20): 4675-4676.
  11. Veilleux, C. C., Kawamura, S., Montague, M. J., Hiwatashi, T., Matsushita, Y., Fernandez-Duque, E., Link, A., Di Fiore, A., D. and Max Snodderly, M. (2021 May) Color vision and niche partitioning in a diverse neotropical primate community in lowland Amazonian Ecuador. Ecology and Evolution, 11 (10): 5742-5758.
  12. Orkin, J. D., Montague, M. J., Tejada-Martinez, D., de Manuel, M., del Campo, J., Hernandez, S. C., Di Fiore, A., Fontsere, C., Hodgson, J. A., Janiak, M. C., Kuderna, L. F. K., Lizano, E., Martin, M. P., Niimura, Y., Perry, G. H., Valverde, C. S., Tang, J., Warren, W. C., de Magalhaes, J. P., Kawamura, S., Marques-Bonet, T., Krawetz, R. and Melin, A. D. (2021 Feb 16). The genomics of ecological flexibility, large brains, and long lives in capuchin monkeys revealed with fecalFACS. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 118 (7): e2010632118.
  13. Hao, Q., Zheng, M., Weng, K., Hao, Y., Zhou, Y., Lin, Y., Gao, F., Kou, Z., Kawamura, S., Yao, K., Xu, P., Chen, J., Zou, J. (2021 Jan 20) Crumbs proteins stabilize the cone mosaics of photoreceptors and improve vision in zebrafish. Journal of Genetics and Genomics, 48 (1): 52-62.
  14. Nishikawa, M., Ferrer, N., Cheves, S., Lopez, R., Kawamura, S., Fedigan, L. M., Melin, A. D., Jack, K. M. (2020 Dec). Infant cannibalism in wild white-faced capuchin monkeys. Ecology and Evolution, 10 (23): 12679-12684.
  15. Melin. A. D., Hogan, J. D., Campos, F. A., Wikberg, E., King-Bailey, G., Webb, S., Kalbitzer, U., Asensio, N., Murillo-Chacon, E., Hernandez, S. C., Chavarria, A. G., Schaffner, C. M., Kawamura, S., Aureli, F., Fedigan, L., Jack, K. M. (2020 Nov). Primate life history, social dynamics, ecology, and conservation: contributions from long-term research in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Biotropica, 52 (6): 1041-1064.
  16. Matsumoto, Y., Oda, S., Mitani, H. and Kawamura, S. (2020 Jun). Orthologous divergence and paralogous anticonvergence in molecular evolution of triplicated green opsin genes in medaka fish, genus Oryzias. Genome Biology and Evolution, 12 (6): 911-923.
  17. Mackin, R. D., Frey, R. A., Gutierrez, C., Farre, A. A., Kawamura, S., Mitchell, D. M. and Stenkamp, D. L. (2019 Aug 20). Endocrine regulation of multichromatic color vision. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116 (34): 16882-16891..
  18. Melin, A. D., Nevo, O., Shirasu, M., Williamson, R. E., Garrett, E., Endo. M., Sakurai, K., Matsushita, Y., Touhara, K. and Kawamura, S. (2019 Jun 3). Fruit scent and observer colour vision shape food-selection strategies in wild capuchin monkeys. Nature Communications, 10:2407.
  19. Kuroki-Kami, A., Nichuguti, N., Yatabe, H., Mizuno, S., Kawamura, S. and Fujiwara, H. (2019 May 22). Targeted gene knockin in zebrafish using the 28S rDNA-specific non-LTR retrotransposon R2Ol. Mobile DNA, 10: 23.

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A transgenic zebrafish expressing GFP in UV cones in the retina
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Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
University of Tokyo

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