Saito Yasunori

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Saito Yasunori
Doctor of Philosophy(University of Tsukuba), Master of Science

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Professor, University of Tsukuba Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences
Apr 1981
Mar 1983
Postdoctoral fellow of JSPS, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Apr 1985
Mar 1987
Postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University School of Medicine


Apr 1969
Mar 1973
Faculty of Science, Nagoya University
Apr 1976
Mar 1981
Graduate School, Division of Bioresearch, University of Tsukuba

Published Papers

Zoological Science   17 881-891   Jan 2000   [Refereed]
Zoological Science   30(8) 651-657   Aug 2013   [Refereed]
The function of allogeneic recognition in a marine sponge, Halichondria japonica, was examined
by use of cut pieces contact assay. Individuals of this species were able to distinguish an allogeneic
individual from an autogeneic one, and showed rej...
Red-orange pigments in epidermal cells and white blood cells in the budding ascidian, Polyandrocarpa misakiensis
Memoirs of the Faculty of Education and Human Studies, Akita University. Natural Science   67(0) 25-33   Mar 2012   [Refereed]
There are two different color strains in the budding ascidian, Polyandrocarpa misakiensis. One is spotless strain and the other is white-spot strain. A zooid of spotless strain has a white-band between branchial and atrial siphons. However, a zooi...
Smith, Kirsty F.;Stefaniak, Lauren;Saito, Yasunori;Gemmill, Chrissen E. C.;Cary, S. Craig;Fidler, Andrew E.
PLOS ONE   7(1)    Jan 2012   [Refereed]
Atsumi, Masako O.;Saito, Yasunori
ZOOLOGICAL SCIENCE   28(7) 532-542   Jul 2011   [Refereed]

Books etc

Self or nonself discrimination in ascidians
Taneda,Y;Saito,Y;Watanabe,H (Part:Supervisor)
Zoological Science   Jan 1985   
Speculations on the relationships of two Botryllus allorecognition reactions -colony specificity and resorption-to vertebrate histocompatibility
Weissman,IL;Scofield,V;Saito,Y;Boyd,H;Rinkevich,B (Part:Supervisor)
"Invertebrate Historecognition", eds RK Grosberg, D Hedgecok, K Nelson. Plenum   Jan 1988   
Allorecognition histocompatibility in a protochordate species : Is the relationship to MHC semantic or structural?
Weissman,IL;Saito,Y;Rinkevich,B (Part:Supervisor)
Immunlogical Reviews   Jan 1990   
齊藤康典 (Part:Supervisor)
細胞   Jan 1991   
齊藤康典 (Part:Contributor)
無脊椎動物の生体防御 学会出版センター   Jan 1992   

Conference Activities & Talks

Evolution of the invasive species Didemnum vexillum
8th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions   20 Aug 2013   
Evolution of the invasive species Didemnum vexillum

Kirsty Smith1,2, Yasunori Saito2, Cathryn Abbott3, Andrew Fidler1

1Cawthron Insitute, Private Bag 2, Nelson 7042, New Zealand. Email:
2Shimoda Marine Research Cente...

Research Grants & Projects

Study on Self-nonself Recognition in Marine Invertebrates
Project Year: 1976   
Study on taxonomy and phylogeny of botryllid ascidians
Project Year: 1976   
Study on Asexual Reproduction and Regeneration in Some Compound Ascidians
Project Year: 1991