Basic and applied research on organelles in mammalian oocytes and embryos
Gametes (oocytes and spermatozoa) are highly specialized cells for the transmission of genes to the progeny. Our laboratory is interested in understanding the mechanisms of oocyte development, maturation and fertilization in mammals. Problems in oocyte quality cause the infertility, and the development of organelles, such as mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum, is a key determinant for the successful fertilization and subsequent embryonic development. We are using several techniques to address the roles of organelles in oocytes including in vitro maturation, fertilization, genetic manipulation and live cell imaging.
- Assoc. Prof. WAKAI Takuya
- Animal Development and Reproductive Biotechnology, Okayama University