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Masato Yoshizawa

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
College of Natural Sciences

Phone: (808) 956-6682
Fax: (808) 956-4745
E-mail: yoshizaw@hawaii.edu
Web: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/biology/people/masato-yoshizawa

MY RESEARCH

I am interested in the evolutionary mechanisms that generate "adaptive" function in animals. I am currently using the Mexican tetra cavefish, as a model system to resolve the relationship among genome, developmental changes, morphological/physiological shifts, behavioral adaptation and ecology. Recently we expand our research field to address the etiology of a complex psychiatric disease, autism. We found systemic parallels between cavefish and autistic patients at the level of core autism behaviors, genetics, epigenetics, drug responses, gut microbiota composition.

C-MĀIKI SYNERGY

Gut microbiota is an emerging systemic mechanism associated with autism. We will contribute c-MAIKI by determining the beneficial micro-organism that can mitigate autism.

IMPACT TO HAWAII

Under the collaboration with the local autism physician, Dr. Ryan Lee, we will develop alternative treatment for autism through diet-supplement and/or ingesting microorganism

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