Ryo Futahashi, PhD 

Researcher, AIST (2009-present)

Futahashi: a mature male of Sympetrum darwinianum; a mature male of Anax parthenope

† Molecular mechanisms underlying the color and pattern polymorphisms in dragonflies.
† Regulation mechanisms of symbiotic bacteria mediated by insect hormones.
† Molecular mechanisms underlying insect cuticle formation and their relevance to symbiotic microorganisms.

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Futahashi R., Kawahara-Miki R., Kinoshita M., Yoshitake K., Yajima S., Arikawa K., Fukatsu T. (2015) Extraordinary diversity of visual opsin genes in dragonflies.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112(11): E1247-E1256.

Futahashi R., Tanaka K., Tanahashi M., Nikoh N., Kikuchi Y., Lee B.L., Fukatsu T. (2013) Gene expression in gut symbiotic organ of stinkbug affected by extracellular bacterial symbiont. PLoS ONE, 8(5): e64557.

Futahashi R., Kurita R., Mano H., Fukatsu T. (2012) Redox alters yellow dragonflies into red. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(31): 12626-12631.
Highlighted in Science, 337: 624 (Aug. 10, 2012).
Selected by Faculty of 1000
press release: http://www.aist.go.jp/aist_e/latest_research/2012/20120906/20120906.html

Moriyama M., Koga R., Hosokawa T., Nikoh N., Futahashi R., Fukatsu T. Comparative transcriptomics of the bacteriome and the spermalege of the bedbug Cimex lectularius (Hemiptera: Cimicidae). Applied Entomology and Zoology, 47: 233-243..

Futahashi R.*, Tanaka K.*, Matsuura Y., Tanahashi M., Kikuchi Y., Fukatsu T. (2011) Laccase2 is required for cuticular pigmentation in stinkbugs. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 41: 191-196.