I like to contribute to the future of human society by elucidating the evolutionary significance of organisms and their useful applications.

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Theoretical Population Genetics, Kyusu University, Japan, 1979

Honors & Awards

  • 2015 Associate member of EMBO
  • 2014 Honorary Doctorate by the National Cheng Kung University from Taiwan
  • 2012 Fellow of the TWAS
  • 2012 Member of Academia Europea
  • 2009 The Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Government of Japan
  • 2007 Academician Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Vatican


Building 3, Room 4220

Takashi Gojobori is a Distinguished Professor of Bioscience and the Associate Director of the Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC). Prof. Gojobori is the Principal Investigator of the Comparative Genomics and Genetics Lab.  

Education and early career

Prof. Gojobori has held faculty positions in Waseda University, National Institute of Genetics, Nihon University, Fukushima Medical University, and Tokyo University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Theoretical Population Genetics from Kyushu University in Japan.

Areas of expertise and current scientific interests

Professor Gojobori's research interests range from comparative genomics and gene expression of neural cells in sensory organs of various organisms to the marine metagenomics of a diversity of microorganisms. He aims to elucidate the evolutionary origin of the neural network and its application to synthetic biology for developments of bioenergy.

Career recognitions

He is an Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), a Member of Academia Europea and an Academician Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Vatican. He has received a Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Government of Japan and an honorary doctorate from the National Cheng Kung University from Taiwan.

Professional Profile

  • 2015-present: Adjunct Professor, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan​
  • 2013-present: Project Professor, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Japan
  • 2013-present: Visiting Professor, Nihon University, Mishima, Japan
  • 2013-present: Visiting Professor, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan
  • 2012-present: Project Professor, Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Publications

Salhi, A., Essack, M., Radovanovic, A., Marchand, B., Bougouffa, S., Antunes, A., … Bajic, V. B. (2015). DESM: portal for microbial knowledge exploration systems. Nucleic Acids Research, 44(D1), D624–D633. doi:10.1093/nar/gkv1147
Behzad, H., Gojobori, T., & Mineta, K. (2015). Challenges and Opportunities of Airborne Metagenomics. Genome Biology and Evolution, 7(5), 1216–1226. doi:10.1093/gbe/evv064
Kodzius, R., & Gojobori, T. (2016). Single-cell technologies in environmental omics. Gene, 576(2), 701–707. doi:10.1016/j.gene.2015.10.031