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Department of Oral Anatomy and Developmental Biology

Department of Oral Anatomy and Developmental Biology was established in 1951. Our department educates developmental biology, oral anatomy and oral histology/embryology to undergraduate students.

Staff

position
name
E-mail (below@, dent.osaka-u.ac.jp)
Professor
Satoshi Wakisaka
wakisaka@
Associate Professor
Takashi Maeda
tmaeda@
Associate Professor
Makoto Abe
m-abe@
Assistant Professor
Tomoaki Iwayama

Research Topics

Department of Oral Anatomy and Developmental Biology

Oral cavity is the entrance of digestive system, thus the main function of oral cavity is digestion. The main topic of our research is “development and regeneration of oro-facial structures.”

1 Sensory receptors in oral region
Among various types of sensory receptors in the oral region, we focuse on morphological and functional development and regeneration of the gustatory receptors (taste buds) and somatosensory receptors (nociceptors and mechanoreceptors).

2 Cranio-facial development
We investigate the mechanism of cranio-facial development, particularly skelotogenesis, using various in vivo and in vitro methods.