Dr. Morichika joined Dr. Kirino’s lab at 2014 as a postdoctoral researcher. His research is focused on developmental biology and his research interests include the specification of germline cells and more specifically, the underlying piRNA mechanisms. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hyogo. As a Ph.D. student, he analyzed the role of Notch signaling in primordial germ cells of Xenopus laevis and discovered that Notch signaling disturbances cause mislocalization of primordial germ cells. After graduation, as a postdoctoral researcher, he worked on Oct60 transcription in oocytes and Oct60 function during primordial germ cell formation.
- Honda, S, Morichika, K, Kirino, Y. Selective amplification and sequencing of cyclic phosphate-containing RNAs by the cP-RNA-seq method. Nat Protoc. 2016;11 (3):476-89. doi: 10.1038/nprot.2016.025. PubMed PMID:26866791 PubMed Central PMC4852555.
- Honda, S, Shigematsu, M, Morichika, K, Telonis, AG, Kirino, Y. Four-leaf clover qRT-PCR: A convenient method for selective quantification of mature tRNA. RNA Biol. 2015;12 (5):501-8. doi: 10.1080/15476286.2015.1031951. PubMed PMID:25833336 PubMed Central PMC4615770.
- Morichika, K, Sugimoto, M, Yasuda, K, Kinoshita, T. Possible regulation of Oct60 transcription by a positive feedback loop in Xenopus oocytes. Zygote. 2014;22 (2):266-74. doi: 10.1017/S0967199412000536. PubMed PMID:23186935 .
- Terayama, K, Kataoka, K, Morichika, K, Orii, H, Watanabe, K, Mochii, M. Developmental regulation of locomotive activity in Xenopus primordial germ cells. Dev. Growth Differ. 2013;55 (2):217-28. doi: 10.1111/dgd.12018. PubMed PMID:23278717 .
- Kogo, N, Tazaki, A, Kashino, Y, Morichika, K, Orii, H, Mochii, M, Watanabe, K. Germ-line mitochondria exhibit suppressed respiratory activity to support their accurate transmission to the next generation. Dev. Biol. 2011;349 (2):462-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2010.11.021. PubMed PMID:21112323 .
- Morichika, K, Kataoka, K, Terayama, K, Tazaki, A, Kinoshita, T, Watanabe, K, Mochii, M. Perturbation of Notch/Suppressor of Hairless pathway disturbs migration of primordial germ cells in Xenopus embryo. Dev. Growth Differ. 2010;52 (2):235-44. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-169X.2009.01164.x. PubMed PMID:20151992 .