Functional Morphology


Our researches focus on understanding the functional and structural maturation of tissues and cells during the process of animal development to contribute to animal science for improving the livestock productivity. In addition, our interest is to understand the molecular processes of functional and structural formation in immune organs to identify target molecules that enhance immune activity in animals. Specifically, the aim of our researches is to establish an immune strategy that protects livestock from mucosal infectious diseases (e.g., mastitis and diarrhea) by focusing on immune system that develops in mucosal tissues. Furthermore, our research interest is also focused on improving the quality of livestock resources by studying the skeletal muscle of beef cattle.

1) Elucidation of the molecular mechanism of maternal immunity in the mammary gland to improve breastfeeding quality
2) Elucidation of the developmental mechanism of immune organs during fetal and neonatal period
3) Prevention and treatment of intestinal infections in livestock by improving the immune and microbial environment in the gastrointestinal tract
4) Elucidation of the pathogenesis of mastitis in dairy cows and development of strategies to control the disease
5) Establishment of a histological evaluation technique for meat quality grade and its application for improving livestock productivity



Structural formation, Functional maturation, Tissues, Cells, Intestine, Mammary glands, Skeletal muscle, Mucosal infectious diseases, Diarrhea, Mastitis

  • Tomonori NOCHI

    Tomonori NOCHI(Associate Professor)

    Research filed: Mucosal immunology
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