Tsuyoshi Shimmura

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Tsuyoshi Shimmura
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Faculty of Agriculture Department of Biological Production
Job title
Associate Professor
PhD(Azabu University)
Research funding number


Farm animal welfare is to improve the productivity by ensuring the comfort of farm animals, and to produce high value-added livestock products that contribute to safety and human health. We understand the minds and motivations of animals that can not speak human words through their behavior and also feed it back to livestock production technology, creating a better environment (One Welfare) for both animals and managers.

At present, our group is conducting researches with two major projects: (1) Systems ethology and (2) Animal Computer Interaction, with the aim of research that combines the enjoyment and applicability as science. Our features of research is to introduce all the necessary techniques to achieve the goals while focusing on animal behavior.

(1) Systems Ethology
The aim of systems ethology is to incorporate systems biology into behavioral science to understand and control the molecular mechanisms of behavior. At present, we are focusing on behaviors such as cannibalism and vocalization, and we are working on identification of regulatory genes centering on integrated OMICS from the genome level to the ecological level.

(2) Animal Computer Interaction
The aim of Animal Computer Interaction is to realize conversations with animals, like Siri, where humans talk to mobile phones. Currently, we are working on technology development to visualize and control animal emotions from voice communication and behavior by combining animal behavior sciences, information engineering and robotics.

Selected Publications
1. Nakayama & Shimmura et al. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1-8 (2019).
2. Shimmura et al. Scientific Reports 9, 1-7 (2019).
3. Shimmura et al. Nature Communications 8, 1-7 (2017).
4. Shimmura et al. Scientific Reports 5, 1-9 (2015).
5. Nakane & Shimmura et al. Current Biology 24, R596–R597 (2014).
6. Shimmura & Yoshimura. Current Biology 23, R231-R233 (2013).

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

May 2017
Jul 2017
Visiting Researcher, Uppsala Uinversity (Leif Andersson Group)
Nov 2016
Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Nov 2016
Excellent Young Researcher, MEXT
Jun 2013
Nov 2016
Assistant Professor, National Institute for Basic Biology
Apr 2013
May 2013
Post-doctor Fellow, Nagoya University
Apr 2009
Mar 2013
JSPS Fellow (PD), Nagoya University
Apr 2007
Mar 2009
JSPS Fellow (DC1), Azabu University

Published Papers

Seasonal regulation of the lncRNA LDAIR locus modulates self-protective behaviors during the breeding season in medaka
Nakayama T#, Shimmura T#, Shinomiya A, Okimura K, Takehana Y, Furukawa Y, Shimo T, Senga T, Nakatsukasa M, Nishimura T, Tanaka T, Okubo K, Kamei Y, Naruse K, Yoshimura T. #Co-first authors.
Nature Ecology & Evolution   1-8   2019   [Refereed]
Cholecystokinin induces crowing in chickens
Shimmura T*, Tamura M, Okamura S, Ohashi S, Yamanaka T, Ihara K, Nakao N, Yoshimura T*. *Corresponding author
Scientific Reports   9 1-7   2019   [Refereed]
Development of furnished cages re-using conventional cages for laying hens: behaviour, physical condition and productivity
Shimmura T*, Maekawa N, Hirahara S, Tanaka T*, Appleby MC. *Corresponding author
Animal Science Journal   89 498-504   2018   [Refereed]
Dynamic plasticity in the phototransduction pathway regulates seasonal changes in color perception
Shimmura T, Nakayama T, Shinomiya A, Fukamachi S, Yasugi M, Watanabe E, Shimo T, Senga T, Nishimura T, Tanaka M, Kamei Y, Naruse K, Yoshimura T
Nature Communications   8 (Article number: 412) 1-7   2017   [Refereed]
Ito S*, Hori S, Hirose M, Iwahara M, Yatsushiro A, Matsumoto A, Tanaka M, Okamoto C, Yayou K, Shimmura T*. *Corresponding author
88 691-695   2017   [Refereed]
Shimmura T*, Ohashi S, Yoshimura T*. *Corresponding author
Scientific Reports   5 Article number: 11683   2015   [Refereed]
Shimmura T*, Maruyama Y, Hujino S, Kamimura E, Uetake K, Tanaka T*. *Corresponding author
Animal Science Journal   86 214-220   2015   [Refereed]
Nakane Y, Shimmura T, Abe H, Yoshimura T
Current Biology   24(13) R596-R597   Jul 2014   [Refereed]
Shinomiya A, Shimmura T, Nishiwaki-Ohkawa T, Yoshimura T.
Frontiers in Endocrinology   5 1-7   2014   [Refereed]
Shimmura T, Yoshimura T
Current Biology   23(6) R231-R233   Mar 2013   [Refereed]

Books etc

Circadian Clocks (Honma K.I., Honma S. eds.)
Tsuyoshi ShimmuraShimmura T, Shinomiya A, Yoshimura T (Part:Joint Work, Universality and diversity in the mechanism of vertebrate seasonal reproduction)
Aschoff and Homma Memorial Foundation   2015   

Conference Activities & Talks

メダカにおける季節変化への適応機構 [Invited]
新村毅, 吉村崇
第23回日本時間生物学会学術大会シンポジウム「動物の多様なリズムとその応用」   Nov 2016   
Functional analysis of deep brain photopigment OPN5 in vertebrates [Invited]
Yoshimura T, Ota W, Shimmura T, Nakane Y
11th International Symposium on Avian Endocrinology (ISAE2016)   Oct 2016   
Timing of rooster crowing is under the control of circadian clock and social rank [Invited]
Shimmura T, Yoshimura T
11th International Symposium on Avian Endocrinology (ISAE2016)   Oct 2016   
動物の行動の多階層的理解 ‐ニワトリの発声をモデルとして‐ [Invited]
Tsuyoshi Shimmura
畜産学会若手企画サマーキャンプ「アニマルサイエンス若手研究者の胎動」   Sep 2016   
Development of enriched housing systems for farm animals: Welfare and productivity [Invited]
Shimmura T
31th International Congress of Psychology (ICP2016)   Jul 2016   

Research Grants & Projects

日本学術振興会: 科学研究費補助金(特別研究員奨励費)
Project Year: 2010 - 2013    Investigator(s): Tsuyoshi Shimmura
日本学術振興会: 科学研究費補助金(特別研究員奨励費)
Project Year: 2007 - 2010    Investigator(s): Tsuyoshi Shimmura